YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Northside Pool in Youngstown won’t be opening Monday due to a shortage of lifeguards.
Youngstown’s Parks and Recreation Department said no matter how hot it gets, the pool will remain closed until they can secure enough lifeguards for the summer season.
The department needs to hire four more lifeguards to reopen. So far, they’ve only been able to hire two. At least six are required to maintain a schedule, but eight would be even better.
They said the problem is that young people looking for part-time work are finding it at other places that pay more than the city is offering. At this point, the city said they will pay lifeguards $10.45 an hour, but they are competing with local restaurants and retailers offering $15 to $20 an hour with sign-on bonuses.
Contracting COVID-19 is also still a concern for some.
“Feeling safe about lifeguarding during a season, you know, of COVID, has become a challenge. Then also competing with our restaurants and our businesses that, you know, they need help too,” said Dawn Turnage, director of the Parks and Recreation Department.
Anyone interested can apply at the first floor of the Parks and Recreation Office at 26 S. Phelps Street.
For more information, call the office at 330-742-8711.