Potter Park pool expected to reopen Monday

CNJ staff

Potter Park pool is expected to reopen at noon Monday, according to Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter.

The city-owned pool will resume regular hours of noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until school starts, pending a final pool evaluation and recertification Monday morning by the New Mexico Environment Department, Carter said.

The pool was closed indefinitely after a July 13 drowning of a 3-year-old Dallas boy who was staying with grandmother in Clovis.

The city received permission to reopen the pool after submitting a report of revised pool procedure to the state.

An investigation by the state agency determined only one lifeguard was actively on duty when the drowning occurred. Five were on the grounds. In order to reopen the pool, the Environment Department listed several provisions with which the city will have to comply.

Under new provisions, the pool have six lifeguards on grounds at all times, Carter said. Four will actively watch the pool, one will be on break and another will take money at the gate.

The city will also enforce a policy that all children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an individual 16 years or older. The accompanying party must now present a form of identification to pool employees to prove their age, Carter said.

All swimmers must also wear bathing suits.

A 10-minute “adult swim” was added to each hour where only two lifeguards will be on duty and only adults 18 and older will be allowed to swim. Adult swimmers will have to present identification to prove their age, as well.

Two lifeguards quit Thursday for reasons unrelated to the drowning incident, Carter said. However, the city has enough lifeguards to reopen Monday, he said.

After school starts, the pool will be open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Labor Day weekend, Carter said.