Goodlettsville community pool closed due to lifeguard shortage

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Goodlettsville’s Pleasant Green Pool normally opens Memorial Day weekend but remains closed for the season for the second straight year. The reason? No lifeguards on duty.

Sarah Jennings, director of parks and recreation for Goodlettsville, said lifeguard shortages are a problem across the country.

“It’s something we’re seeing statewide, our National Recreation and Parks Association, which we are affiliated with, sent out a survey probably a week ago and it’s a statewide thing for swimming pools who are struggling to find lifeguards. The study found that only 12% of agencies across the country are fully staffed for the summer.”

Their usual recruitment methods have not attracted much interest.

“We have approached numerous sports leagues. Local schools and colleges are trying to find lifeguards and we had a really tough time this year and last year.”

Jennings isn’t sure how to resolve this issue: “We wish there was a way to get in touch with some of these employees that we have. We held a job fair at our community center over spring break and tried to lure some people into our pool. We also offered to pay for lifeguard certifications if they didn’t already have their certifications. And it was really difficult to find staff this year.”

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While the Pleasant Green Pool remains closed, the Goodlettsville Splash Pad is open Monday through Sunday from 10:30am to 7:00pm

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