Richardson aquatic center, neighborhood pools to operate under modified hours

Richardson's Glenville Pool, 500 S. Glenville Drive, is scheduled to open for the summer June 5. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

Richardson's Glenville Pool, 500 S. Glenville Drive, is scheduled to open for the summer June 5. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The Heights Family Aquatics Center is now open in Richardson. (Courtesy city of Richardson)
Due to a lifeguard shortage, Richardson plans to modify the days of operation of the city’s aquatic center and its four neighborhood pools.

Beginning June 5, the four neighborhood pools are scheduled to be open four days per week, though their days of operation will vary depending on the pool. The city’s Heights Family Aquatic Center, which opened May 29, will change to a schedule of Wednesdays through Sundays on June 5. Its hours will be noon-8 p.m.

“We are in desperate need of lifeguards,” Deputy City Manager Don Magner said during the May 24 City Council meeting. “Without lifeguards, we can't staff the pools to their full capacity and their normal schedules.”

Under the current pool schedule:

• Canyon Creek Pool will be open 1-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

• Cottonwood Pool will be open 1-6 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 1-8 p.m. on Saturdays.

• Glenville Pool will be open 1-8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

• Terrace Pool will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1-8 p.m. on Sundays.

Magner said the city has been advertising for additional lifeguards, so the hours of operation could change as the summer continues.

“We can eventually evolve if we do get those lifeguards that we need,” he said.

Like the city pools, Magner said Richardson recreation centers and the newly reopened senior center are all operating with modified hours.

“We do have numerous positions in our rec centers frozen at this time,” Magner said. “That is causing us to have to modify our operating hours. These are the same operating hours that we've been having since our COVID response began, so the community is very well aware of that.”

The Richardson Public Library is also operating under modified hours, Magner said. The library is offering “regular occupancy limits” on all four of its floors and is now open to Richardson residents and nonresidents, he said.

“The nonresidents is a new dynamic that's just evolved over the last few weeks,” Magner said.

For more information on the city’s neighborhood pools, visit this link.
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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