Lake Park City Council Concerned About Future of City Pool; Reopened City Center Meeting Room

Lake Park City Council Concerned About Future of City Pool; Reopened City Center Meeting Room

April 15, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Lake Park, MN — The City of Lake Park may be in the deep end when it comes to operating their city pool this summer. At the most recent city council meeting, Lake Park City Administrator Lonnie Nuener noted difficulties finding individuals to staff the facility, specifically certified lifeguards. In the early days of the pool, which was constructed in 1977, Nuener said that working at the pool was the “cool thing to do” and was a great source of summer employment for teens looking for some extra cash. However, in recent years, it has become extremely difficult to find enough people to fill the positions, even with the city offering very competitive pay for the positions.

The pool usually requires 7-8 employees each summer and Nuener says unless something changes, they may not be able to open it this year. On top of the employment concerns, the almost 45 year old pool is leaking and requires significant maintenance each year. The city is currently getting cost estimates to address the leaks, but it will likely be significant.

In other news from the Lake Park City Council meeting this week, Administrator Nuener says they are reopening the meeting room of the city center.

And the third and final phase of the city sewer project will be starting soon. They are expected to begin work on April 26th.