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Area pools desperately seeking lifeguards to open this summer

Some area public pools remain closed because of a shortage of lifeguards.
Some area public pools remain closed because of a shortage of lifeguards.(WFIE)
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 4:50 PM CDT
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HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) - Area pools are struggling to open this summer because of a shortage of lifeguards.

The City of Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Dept. announced it will reduce hours at the Carl Levin Park Outdoor Pool, reduce hours and removing aquatics programs due to the shortage.

The Carl Levin Park Outdoor Pool will operate open swim hours from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Harker Heights typically hires 10 lifeguards for the summer. But on the pool’s opening day on Friday, they had only hired three lifeguards, according to Jonathan Hanson, the recreations superintendent for the Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department.

The Killeen Family Aquatic Center at Lion’s Club Park has also fallen victim to the lifeguard shortage. The city has announced it will close the Family Aquatic Center for the summer unless it finds lifeguards to staff it.

You can apply here to be a lifeguard in Harker Heights and apply here to be a lifeguard in Killeen.

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