Some Chicago Beaches Are Restricted This Summer
CHICAGO – Some city pools will open next week, but there will be some restrictions due to the ongoing shortage of lifeguards.
In total, the city has 77 public swimming pools, and less than half will reopen on July 5. The official reopening date for city pools is July 5, which has been pushed back to June 2 by district officials. City beaches opened as planned on May 27.
Due to a staff shortage, district officials have increased the incentive for new and existing lifeguards. New hires receive a $600 hiring bonus and a $500 referral for existing park district employees.
The pool at Portage Park is one of those 37 neighborhood pools to open next Tuesday. In addition, the park district has announced that access to some beaches will be restricted due to a shortage of lifeguards.
In a press release, the park district announced it could hire only 55% of the lifeguards needed to open facilities this summer. That’s why they said parts of Calumet Beach and North Avenue Beach will be closed. Swimming on 12th Street Beach is prohibited. this allows them to move lifeguards to the pools.
According to the Chicago Park District, the pools to open have been selected based on things such as geographic location, staffing requirements and availability, pool usage, capacity and access to public transportation.
Most pools are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. five days a week. A total of 21 beaches will remain open until Labor Day.
The park district says it is actively continuing to recruit lifeguards. The current hourly wage for lifeguards is $15.88 per hour.
To be considered for the position, applicants must be 16 years old, fully vaccinated, pass a skills test, and be duly certified.
To learn more about how to become a Chicago lifeguard, visit the Chicago Park District website.
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