Two more Tucson pools to open with 'Bring Back the Splash' - Tucson News Now

Two more Tucson pools to open with 'Bring Back the Splash'

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two more pools are opening this summer as part of the city's "Bring Back the Splash" program.

Last summer, six pools opened using a combination of private and public funding. This year, Tucsonans can add Freedom Pool and Escalante Pool to that list.

Many pools closed in 2009 because of budget cuts.

Fred Gray, the Director of Parks and Recreation, said it will cost approximately $380,000 to operate all eight pools for the summer.

Gray says private donors donate money to the City and the Parks and Rec Department then chooses which pools to open. The decision is based on several criteria such as location, size and condition of the pool, and the attendance.

"It's actually 40 to 60 thousand dollars to open one city pool depending on which pool that is and in which area," Sierra Davenport the Community Promotions and Marketing Manager for Tucson Parks and Recreation said. "A large portion of that is staffing costs, what it costs to guard the pool, hire the lifeguards and teach those swim lessons."

Last year the city employed two hundred lifeguards. This year, Davenport says the city hopes to hire between 235 and 250 summer lifeguards.

List of "Bring Back the Splash" Pools, Summer 2013:

Escalante - 6900 E Nicaragua Dr.

Freedom - 5000 E 29th St

Himmel - 1000 N Tucson Blvd

Jacobs - 3300 N. Fairview Ave.

Mansfield - 2000 N. 6th Ave. 

Menlo - 1100 W. Fresno

Palo Verde - 300 S. Mann Ave.

Purple Heart - 10050 E. Rita Rd.  

The last open recruitment is May 1st. Details here: http://www.tucsonaz.gov/sigma/JobListings.aspx 

More on Tucson City pools: http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/parksandrec/aquatics 

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