BREC opens fewer public pools to beat the summer heat
POSTED: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 6:04pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Four fewer BREC pools are open this summer than there were this time last year.
Two of the pools are closed for good, while the other two are closed for the rest of this year.
Today's heat reinforced why some people are anxious for their neighborhood pool to open again, while others simply go farther to find a cool spot.
"It's been pretty busy. We've had a lot of kids and families come out and just play out here in the water," said lifeguard Candace Allen.
Hundreds of people splash their way around Liberty Lagoon every day. Temperatures in the high 80's and 90's are keeping the pools full.
"In fact, last Saturday, we had a record number of people come to Liberty Lagoon,” stated Cheryl Michelet with BREC.
That's not the case at Gus Young Park. The pool there is closed for repairs, and won't open again this season. That's disappointing to the kids who used it often.
"We're still looking into how much will it take to fix that pool, developing a plan and seeing where the money will come from in order to afford that," said Michelet.
Jefferson Highway and Webb parks won't see their pools ever again. They're being covered over; however, the high cost of maintaining a pool was only partly to blame.
"In both of those areas, the neighbors really weren't interested in keeping the pools," stated Michelet.
For all those families who depend on a pool to keep cool, sunscreen and snacks are the only things keeping them from the water.
"Just keep some drinks in you, and you're good," said pool-goer Crystal Johnson.
Hot summer days also means bigger paychecks for lifeguards. Liberty Lagoon always keeps at least 25 lifeguards on duty, but when they know it's going to be crowded, they'll bring in extra help.