Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the city of George West will be able to offer cool relief at its swimming pool and splash pad this summer, and there is also a good possibility that the city of Three Rivers swimming pool may be open as well.

As recently as a week before Memorial Day, it appeared Three Rivers might not be able to open its pool because of a shortage of lifeguards. That is also a concern for George West, and will likely result in limited hours for both pools.

“We’ve had lots and lots of calls from people interested in using the pool, but we hadn’t been able to get enough lifeguards,” said Punky Kerr, human resources director of the city of Three Rivers. “I received four applications, so if we are able to get them trained and certified, we’re hopeful that we will be able to open the pool for limited hours and events.

The hours the Three Rivers pool will be available had not yet been determined at press time. Those who are interested in the pool’s availability should check the city of Three Rivers Facebook page or call Three Rivers City Hall at 361-786-2528.

Meanwhile, George West had also been able to hire four lifeguards to work at its pool.

“We are very fortunate we have been able to find enough for us to open the pool,” said Interim George West City Manager Shirley Holm. “We will only have four where we usually have five to seven, so we will have to limit the days and hours. We normally schedule them to be able to have days off, but that’s a lot harder to do with fewer lifeguards available.”

Holm said the plan is to have the GW pool open from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. These hours could change depending on lifeguard availability.

While neither pool was open in time for Memorial Day, the George West Splash Pad did have its opening on Memorial Day, and will continue to be open from 9-11 a.m. and 5-8 p.m.



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