Dubuque Pools Won't Re-Open Despite Heat Wave

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter


By Katie Wiedemann

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Even though this is expected to be the hottest weekend of the year, Dubuque's public pools are already closed for the season.

Crews have drained the pools and won't re-open them until next year.

City leaders say next year, they could consider extending the season in case of future heat waves. But they are also up against a lot of challenges.

While sweating in the after school heat, Cameron Ackerman, 10, said he came up with the perfect plan for what he should've done when he got out of class early this week. "I would have had my swim trunks in my book bag, gone into the bathroom, changed into my trunks and gone into the pool. "

But Ackerman's plan will stay locked up, like the gates around Flora Pool. The staple of summer sits empty on the hottest day of the year.

All summer, high school and college students make up the certified lifeguard staff at the pools. Those students have all returned to school and are now busy with classes and swim team practice.

Ware says there could possibly be enough trained high school students available to guard the pool on this hot weekend. But state law requires crews to drain the pool immediately after they close for the season.

"The more that you have a body of water in there and no people around to guard it, the more that becomes a safety issue, " said Ware,

Ware says as long as mother nature is in charge of the weather, it may always be too difficult extend the season. Unfortunately for Ackerman, his pool party plan will have to wait until next year.

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