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Parks And Recreation Swimming Pools To Open Memorial Day Weekend

The four outdoor pools operated by Louisville Parks and Recreation will open for the season on Saturday, May 26. The Algonquin, Norton, Fairdale and Sun Valley Park pools are fully staffed with lifeguards, though the department is looking to hire additional staff for the pools this summer.

The department will be hosting a lifeguard training course for those who are interested from 4-9 p.m. Monday, May 21 to Friday, May 25. The course will take place at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center in Crescent Hill Park. Those who take the course and become certified will have all course fees waived if they commit to working at a Louisville Parks and Recreation pool for one year. Lifeguards will be paid $10.50 per hour.

Admission is $2 for children 17 and younger and $3 for adults 18 and over. Photo identification is required for anyone age 9 or older; children 8 and under must be accompanied by a guardian 12 or older with photo identification. Metro Parks can make identification cards for children who need them for $4 per card; call (502) 897-9949 for details.

(Note: For information on the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, click here.)

Parks pools will be open:

Summer 2018: May 26, 27 & 28- Memorial Day Weekend &

June 2 – August 4 pools will open with the following schedules:

Algonquin Park
1614 Cypress Street, 40210
Open Daily: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Closed Tuesdays

Fairdale (Nelson Hornbeck Park)
709 Fairdale Road, 40118
Open Daily: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. • Closed Mondays (but open Memorial Day)

Norton (Camp Taylor Memorial Park)
4201 Lee Avenue, 40213
Open Daily: 11 a m.- 4 p m  • Closed Thursdays

Sun Valley Park
6506 Bethany Lane, 40272
Open Daily: 1p m  – 6 p.m. • Closed Wednesdays

Prerequisites for Lifeguard Training

The following are prerequisite skills for lifeguard training; you will be asked to perform these skills on the first day of class.

  • Swim 300 yards continuously– 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, and 100 choice of freestyle or breaststroke.
  • Tread water for two minutes no hands.
  • Swim 20 yards and surface dive 10 feet retrieving a 10-pound brick. Once swimmer has retrieved brick then the swimmer must swim 20 yards on their back while holding both hands on the brick to the original starting point.
  • The swimmer must exit the water without using a ladder or steps. This prerequisite must be completed in 1 min and 40 seconds.

To register for the course, call Keith Smith at (502) 895-6499.

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