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Wheeling City Pools Ready to Make a Splash

Area Public Pools Prepare to Open, In Need of Lifeguards

File Photo A young swimmer enjoys the chance to cool off at the Oglebay swimming pool during a previous summer. Cool weather will soon be a memory for people of the Ohio Valley, and public swimming pools across Wheeling are slated to open for the season — some as soon as next week. Many public pools are currently looking to fill positions for certified lifeguards and other seasonal jobs needed for their operation.

WHEELING — Don’t let the unseasonably chilly weather fool you — summer is on its way, and in the coming weeks, public swimming pools across the city of Wheeling will be opening for the season.

“All of the pools are getting painted and will be ready,” Rochelle Barry, director of Wheeling’s Parks and Recreation department, said. “City pools typically open on the first Saturday in June.”

Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron announced last week that June 5 will be the official opening date for the pools operated by the city of Wheeling.

Those facilities include the 36th Street Pool in South Wheeling, the Garden Park Pool in Warwood, Bridge Park Pool on Wheeling Island and the Grandview/Wheeling Heights Pool.

While the opening date is right around the corner, the city manager noted that there was still one minor problem associated with getting the public pools back into full operation.

“We are struggling to get lifeguard applicants,” Herron said. “So there’s going to be a push made publicly going out to the area high school students and college students coming home that might be interested in lifeguarding. I believe that Oglebay is probably having the same issue, as well.”

The Oglebay Pool and Wheeling Park Pool are operated by the Wheeling Park Commission, which on Tuesday held a major job fair at the White Palace. Applications were accepted and on-site interviews were conducted for a myriad of positions from lifeguards to concession works and a host of other full-time, part-time and seasonal positions throughout the Oglebay and Wheeling Park.

The Wheeling Park Swimming Pool and water slide is slated to be the first public pool in the city to open for the season on May 22. The following week, Oglebay’s Crispin Center Outdoor Pool and Fountains of Fun Splash & Spray attraction will open on May 28, just in time for Oglebay’s season-opening Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza complete with fireworks and activities for the whole family.

For information about lifeguard positions and other jobs at Oglebay and Wheeling Park, visit online at oglebay.com/careers. To apply for open summer seasonal positions in the city of Wheeling, visit the city’s official website at www.wheelingwv.gov, hit the pull-down menu under “How Do I …” and click on “Apply for Employment Opportunities” to explore available positions.

“There’s a shortage of lifeguards out there,” Herron said. “It’s something we’re trying to address before June 1.”

Barry urged potential candidates for lifeguard posts, concession stand workers and other positions to apply.

“We’re still hiring for all of those positions,” she said. “We don’t want to have to limit our pool hours because of staffing.”

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