Dubuque Pools Finally Open After Closing Early For Several Weeks

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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By Katie Wiedemann

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The cold and wet weather over the past few weeks put a damper on the start of swim season in Dubuque.
The city's pools first opened May 25th, but life-guards closed the pool almost every day since then.

Amanda McCaffery said, "I've just been waiting for it to be warm enough so I can go to the pool. "

It's much needed relief after a long school year.

Kristi Geisler said, "Today actually is the first day we've been to the pool. Since the weather has not been so great. "

But the fun in the sun has been delayed, day in and day out.

Flora Pool Manager Brad Gilligan said, "The lifeguards are kind of begging for hours. We are all begging for better weather even the patrons are saying the water us cold the air is cold."

On the cold and cloudy days, the city says its not cost effective to keep the pool open if there aren't customers here paying to use it.

"Obviously we don't need all 15 guards to supervise 5 children swimming in a pool," said Gilligan.

That's frustrating for full-time guards, who's hours are cut to part-time at best.

Swimmer Abby Wagner said, "Me and my mom, we've been complaining a lot. Just waiting to get to the pool. "

But, at least for now, it seems the sun is shining. Things are looking up.

Dubuque's city pools are usually heated to right around 80 degrees.
Managers say the current water temperature is just a couple degrees cooler than that.
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