Potter Park pool could reopen as soon as Monday

CNJ staff

The Potter Park pool could reopen as early as Monday, city officials said. However, opening the pool will be contingent on approval from the state Environment Department.

“Right now I have submitted all the necessary paperwork to the Environment Department, and there’s a good chance they will approve our reopening of the pool for Monday,” said Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter.

The pool was closed July 13 after a 3-year-old boy drowned in the shallow end of the pool. The Environment Department, which certifies public pools across the state, launched an investigation into the incident.

The report showed that only one of five lifeguards was actively on duty watching the pool at the time of the drowning. Officials with the department have stipulated that four lifeguards will have to watch the pool at all times for it to reopen.

Carter said the city will follow the recommendations from the department when the pool is reopened. He said six lifeguards will be on duty at all times, four watching the pool, one on break and one taking money at the gate. Three of the on-duty lifeguards will watch the pool from stationary chairs, and one “rover” will focus mostly on the slide area, he said.

Carter said he hopes to know this weekend if the pool will reopen on Monday.