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Officials set park pool closing date for Aug. 13

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Four-year-old Zech Browning catches rings his mother Melissa tossed to him Thursday while at the Forest Park Pool. Zech's father is Zech Browning, and the family lives in Brazil. Brazil Parks and Recreation Board officials recently told The Brazil Times the pool will officially close for the season Monday, Aug. 13. [Order this photo]
The summer has been crammed with days offering extreme heat.

And the Forest Park Pool offered some an opportunity to cool off.

Earlier this week, Brazil Parks and Recreation Board President Ruthann Jeffries informed The Brazil Times the pool will officially close Monday, Aug. 13. The pool has been open this summer from noon-4 p.m., daily.

Jeffries said the board typically closes the pool just before the start of the school year due to having so many lifeguards who are still in school.

"Our personnel are high school and college kids," Jeffries said, "more high school than college. Once school starts, we just don't have any personnel."

However, to avoid any confusion, Jeffries said the Senior Swim -- which normally takes place between 10:30-11:30 a.m., on Mondays -- will still take place that day.

"They had some questions on whether they could swim that day," Jeffries said.

With so many hot days throughout the summer, Jeffries said park officials believed there would be more people taking advantage of the pool.

But crowds, she said, remained about what they have been in recent years.

"We had good crowds, but not what you would expect with the weather," she said. "We had several pool parties. We had a lot of parties, but everything was down a little bit. Even shelter rentals were down a little bit this year.

"The crowds during the day have gone down considerably in the past few years."

Jeffries attributed that to the amount of people purchasing smaller pools for their homes, in addition to teenagers being involved in so much more now than before.

She added several people did not want to sit on hot concrete while watching their children in the pool.

However, Jeffries said the park board has taken steps to remedy this in the future.

This year, the board purchased two umbrellas to place in tables they had placed by the pool. The picnic tables were previously used in Forest Park.

"Two umbrella tables were added this year and next year, we plan to add more," Jeffries said. "We wanted to try this out, and it worked out very well."

Jeffries said holes were cut in the picnic tables for the umbrellas and the tables were painted to match the umbrellas.

"We've got the tables for next year," she said, adding they will be strategically placed throughout the concession area and pool deck.

Throughout the summer, Jeffries said pool officials had no trouble with chemical levels in the pool water.

"Our filtering system is computerized," she said, "but we still have to be very diligent. We need to make sure it's doing what it is supposed to be doing."

Jeffries said the pool water is tested daily.

"Occasionally, we have to add extra chemicals to the pool to keep the balance," she said. "But our water was really nice all year."

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you go girl! great job

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Sat, Aug 4, 2012, at 10:27 AM

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