Knoxville public pools prepare to open for Memorial Day weekend

Knoxville public pools prepare to open for Memorial Day weekend

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Knoxville public pool operators are getting ready for one of the busiest holiday weekends. They're also preparing to open the city's pools for the summer as kids get out from school. Knoxville public pool operators are getting ready for one of the busiest holiday weekends. They're also preparing to open the city's pools for the summer as kids get out from school.
The staff at Inskip Pool has spent months preparing for their opening weekend. They say they'll spend a total of 120 hours of manpower getting the pool ready and safe for your family. The staff at Inskip Pool has spent months preparing for their opening weekend. They say they'll spend a total of 120 hours of manpower getting the pool ready and safe for your family.
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville public pool operators are getting ready for one of the busiest holiday weekends. They're also preparing to open the city's pools for the summer as kids get out from school.

The staff at Inskip Pool has spent months preparing for their opening weekend. They say they'll spend a total of 120 hours of manpower getting the pool ready and safe for your family.
 
Mowing and cleaning are a few last minute preparations the staff at Inskip Pool is doing to make it spotless for Memorial Day weekend. For some,
a 300,000 gallon pool that is 11.5 feet deep also draws safety concerns. 


"We train for the likelihood of any scenario unfolding in a worst case event," said Randy Love, Inskip Pool manager. 

Pool Manager Randy Love says they don't take any situation lightly and focus on preventative lifeguarding techniques months in advance. The Inskip Pool is one of four Knoxville city pools that the Knox County Health Department inspects.

During their monthly inspection, they check for safety equipment and chemicals like chlorine. They do have one recommendation for parents.


"Look to see if the water is clear. If it's clear, that means it usually means the chlorine is pretty good, but just observe the pool before you let your children go in it and to watch the children while they're in the pool," said Ronnie Nease of the Knox County Health Department.  

If the pool fails any part of its inspection, it could close anywhere from 24 hours to 10 days, but that doesn't seem to be a problem for Inskip Pool. Instead, they're hoping to pull parents and kids away from their electronics this summer.

"No iPhones, no iPads, just spending time together, fellowship, with each other. That's a great feeling and it lasts all summer," said Love.

The lifeguard staff is expected to finish up their scenario based training on Thursday and Friday. In all, the city has about 40 lifeguards to patrol its four public pools.

Knoxville city pools will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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