Imlay City pool & splash pad prepped for summer season
IMLAY CITY — The sunny skies and rising temperatures can mean only one thing for area children and families looking to cool off; the reopening of the Al Norlin Memorial Swimming Pool and new splash pad at Lamb-Steele Park.
Pool Manager Jeanette Farley said the pool and splash pad will reopen on Saturday, May 28, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.
On Tuesday (May 17) morning, staff from Johnson Pools & Supplies, Inc. were prepping the pool for the upcoming swim season.
“What they’re doing now is draining, cleaning, refilling and balancing the chemicals for the pool,” Farley said. “All these things must be completed in time for the Lapeer County Health Department’s inspection on May 25.”
Life guards needed
Farley said there is a great need this year for more Red Cross-certified life guards.
She said life guards must be at least 15 years old before June 11, 2022, and must complete the required online and in-person classes.
“We have a shortage of life guards at this time,” she said. “They must be able to swim well and take CPR training. For some reason, there appears to be a lull in interest in being life guards.”
She pointed out that the required training can be costly for many young people.
“The Red Cross training costs $175, which is not easy for some of them to come up with,” Farley said. “As an incentive, we’re now providing a $50 reimbursement to anyone that agrees to work at our pool.”
Farley is grateful for the support and participation of her new Assistant Pool Manager Jaycob Shaw.
Shaw is a 2017 Imlay City High School graduate, who is currently an assistant wrestling coach at the high school.
Farley said that open swim sessions will be conducted on weekends only until Mon., June 13.
She added that younger children using the pool and/or splash pad must be accompanied by an adult.
Farley has served as Imlay City’s pool manager since 2013.
She thanked Imlay City DPW staff for monitoring and maintaining the pool and splash pad.
“This is a collaborative effort that involves the participation and cooperation of our lifeguards and DPW personnel,” she said.
For further information, contact Jeanette Farley at 810-724-7665 (POOL).