Metro-East News

Mascoutah pool closes 4 weeks into season

Mascoutah announced Wednesday that the city’s public pool will close for the season due to a lack of lifeguards.

According to a news release from the city, there were not enough lifeguards to keep the pool open until the planned date of Sept. 2. City officials put out a call for more lifeguards on Aug. 10.

“The city knows that this pool season has been very frustrating and disappointing for the residents and the City staff,” the news release said. “Please plan to join us next year for a season full of fun!”

An event scheduled at the pool on Labor Day, Pool “Pawty,” was canceled. Four pool parties scheduled in the next two weeks will continue as planned, the city said.

In a news release Aug. 13, the city said they needed to hire additional lifeguards due to the delayed opening of the pool.

The pool’s opening was delayed by two weeks earlier in the summer due to pool construction. In a June 27 news release, the city announced the pool would not be opening as planned on June 30 due to multiple installations.

The pool officially opened two weeks later on July 14. Due to the delay, the city offered free admission to Mascoutah residents to the remainder of the 2018 season.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6