Binghamton Set to Open Pools for Weekday Swimming
Lifeguards are in short supply in Binghamton but the city is getting ready to start daily operations for its swimming pools.
The big pools are at Recreation Park on the West Side, Cheri Lindsey Memorial Park on the North Side and Webster Street Park on the South Side.
Beginning Saturday, those pools are scheduled to be open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The three sites will be available for use by adults over the age of 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. daily.
The city continues to work to get new lifeguards certified so they'll be able to provide coverage for the large pools.
Deputy Mayor Megan Heiman said the city expects to have enough lifeguards by this weekend to operate those sites every day.
In an email to WNBF News, Heiman said the ongoing lifeguard shortage has kept two smaller pools at MacArthur and Fairview parks closed. The city expects to have enough lifeguards by the weekend of July 7 to open those pools on an alternating basis seven days a week.
City lifeguards will be paid $16 an hour this summer, an hourly increase of $2.30 from last year.
Heiman said the higher pay seems to be helping in the effort to recruit lifeguards.
People interested in working as a lifeguard at Binghamton pools may apply by clicking on this HERE.
WATCH: Video from Cheri Lindsey Memorial Park as the pool was filled in preparation for the swimming season.
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