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Prairie Village Pool Complex to remain closed for 2020 season

Post Date:05/05/2020 4:17 PM

The Prairie Village Pool Complex will not open this summer due to safety concerns for pool employees and area residents. The decision to keep the pool closed was made by the City Council based on recommendations from City staff in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know this is a disappointing decision,” said Assistant City Administrator Meghan Buum, who oversees the City’s recreation programs. “It will be a tough summer for our community. We considered several alternatives to accommodate the Reopen Kansas Plan and CDC guidelines, but what it ultimately comes down to is the safety of our community and pool staff, most of whom are under the age of 18.”

The inability to properly train more than 50 lifeguards while maintaining distance was another factor that played into the pool’s closure.

“While we heard suggestions on how to enforce social distance among patrons, one problem we kept coming up against was how to provide required lifeguard certification training while maintaining six feet of separation between guards,” Buum said. “For example, it typically takes three guards in close proximity to perform a spinal rescue.”

After lengthy discussion at its May 4 meeting, the City Council ultimately voted 10-2 to close the pool. The timing of the decision was in part to allow seasonal staff to seek other employment opportunities.

Video of the meeting, including the pool discussion and vote is available on the City’s Facebook page at the following link: