(6-22-22) The Portland (Indiana) Park Board on Tuesday decided to keep the Water Park closed this year because of limited time available because of repairs and delays in the process…plus a continued shortage of lifeguards.
This will be the third consecutive year that Portland Water Park has not been open for a full season. In 2020, the pool did not open until July 4 because of restrictions during the the coronavirus pandemic.
Hours were limited last year because of a lifeguard shortage
An issue that is nationwide is a shortage of lifeguards due to a late start and a short season…only four or five lifeguards had expressed interest to board in working.
The shortage is affecting about a third of public pools across the country, leading some public pools to reduce hours or close altogether, the American Lifeguard Association says. And it says the shortage could extend into next year.
Several major repairs to the pool slowed the progress due to weather conditions during the cooler spring months, park board members had approved installation of new tile around the entire pool. The work started in mid-May…the tiles could only be installed with an average temperature of at least 60 degrees. Grating issues that were not expected also delayed the process.
Jay County area schools open on August 10th.