City Says Atkinson Pool May Not Be Able To Open

UPDATE: At the commission meeting Commissioners were told (by law) the pool needs a minimum of eight lifeguards to open per state regs.

“They’re giving it until Friday (5/14), but as of now, only five have applied. Not looking good to be open this year to be honest.”

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HENDERSON, Ky. 5/5/21– Henderson officials say unless things change drastically in the next 10 days, the City of Henderson will not be able to open Atkinson Pool for the summer season as planned.

“This time it’s not the pandemic standing in the way. It’s the lack of lifeguards and support employees to operate the pool. As of now there are not enough of either to open the pool safely.

Donna Stinnett, City of Henderson Public Information Officer

The Parks Department had planned to open Atkinson Pool on Memorial Day weekend.

Stinnett says as of now, applications are still being accepted for lifeguarding positions and other positions at Atkinson Pool. Lifeguards must be at least 16 years old by Memorial Day 2021, possess and maintain a valid Red Cross or YMCA Lifeguard Certification as well as valid First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification. Typically lifeguards are age-eligible high school students or college students home on summer break.

If someone is interested in lifeguarding and needs certification or re-certification, a class can be arranged.

The application can be found on the City’s web site, or from the Human Resources office on the third floor of the Henderson Municipal Center, 222 First St.Information is available by calling Human Resources at 270-831-4983.

Meanwhile, the City does plan to open the Riverfront Water Feature and the Splash Pad at East End Park as usual.