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Snow Makeup Days Push Back Opening of Some Raleigh Pools

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WAKE COUNTY — Raleigh residents may have a hard time beating the heat if they hope to do so at local pools. Most pool employees are still in school, which is delaying the opening of the pools where they work.

Raleigh lifeguards go through their final re-training before they take to their perches to watch over swimmers. Because they have not all been able to complete their training, there was not staff at every city pool the Memorial Day weekend.

Chavis Park Pool and five other Raleigh pools will not open until June 3.

"People think the pools open on Memorial Day weekend, and we've had to explain to them that we have to tie our stuff to the school schedule because of our personnel," says aquatics director Terry Stroupe.

Stroupe says after the pools open the weekend of June 3, they will only run on limited hours during the following week because all the winter snow days delayed the end of school in Wake County until June 9.

"Because they're still in school, a lot of our staff have graduation and final exams, and we can only be open when they can be there to help us," Stroupe said.

While six Raleigh public pools were closed for the holiday, Optimist Park and Pullen pools stay open year-round.


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