DUBUQUE, Iowa — Playing it safe, is a lesson taught early at Flora Pool. That’s precisely why some parents bring their little ones to swim lessons.
Parent, Amy O’Rourke said, “I tend to be overly concerned about safety issues, as most moms are, I am sure.”
O’Rourke noticed the almost 6 inch openings between each step and became concerned. She decided to step in.
O’Rourke said, “The one slide is at least two stories tall and under some of it is a big slab of concrete. I thought man, if a kid were to slip and fall though that, it would probably kill ‘em.”
After calling Dubuque’s Leisure Services Department, O’Rourke posted her concern on a Facebook group called “Dubuque Mamas”
“The last time I looked at it, it was like 80 some people commented on it and said they were concerned about it too. So it’s obviously not just me,” said O’Rourke.
The Leisure Services Department says the slide and the steps have passed a city inspection each year.
Dubuque’s Recreation Division Director Dan Krogman said, “According to the inspector’s polices and protocols, our steps are safe and under code.”
But Krogman says a representative from the state has not inspected the steps since the pool was built in 1991.
Now, because of O’Rourke’s concern, the city plans to ask the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa State Engineer to reinspect the steps.
Krogman said, “One of the things we’ve immediately done to mediate that concern is we’ve added new tact strips on the steps to help alleviate some of that slipperiness.”
And this mom says that’s a step in the right direction
“That made me very happy,” said O’Rourke.
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