School’s Out, Pools Are Open, Or Not

By Patty Wetli | Friday, June 15, 2012

It's opening day for outdoor swim season in the parks, but some pools remain closed. Credit: Courtesy Chicago Park District

From the looks of it, this summer’s going to be a scorcher; temps next week are expected to near 100 degrees. Among the best ways to cool off: matinees at The Davis, popsicles from the ubiquitous ice cream cart peddlers and outdoor pools at neighborhood parks.

But residents looking forward to June 15 as the official opening day for Chicago’s pools will be disappointed–a number of facilities are on the DL. Head to River Park today and the only thing you’ll be splashing around in is a puddle of your own sweat.

Back in April, our sister site, Roscoe View Journal, reported that a number of Park District pools were still awaiting safety upgrades. While a spokesperson stated at the time that parks’ staff was working to ensure pools opened on time, River Park, 5100 N. Francisco Ave., didn’t make the hoped for deadline. An employee reached at the Park District’s North Region office had no information regarding when the required work would be completed. We were unable to reach anyone at River Park via telephone.

Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland Ave., on the other hand, is open to swimmers. A membership is required for adult lap swim sessions, with staff unable to provide a cost; all other swim sessions are free.

Of course, you can always take your chances with E. coli at the lakefront. We think we’ll just roam the ‘hood looking for sprinklers, and the ice cream guy.

Update: Ald. O’Connor’s office is reporting the River Park pool will open within two weeks.

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