The responsibility lies with the four or five lifeguards generally on duty at the swimming pool when it is open, says Tammy Skinner, a recreation program specialist with Wilmington Parks & Recreation.
“The chlorine levels and the chemical levels are checked every two hours,” says Skinner, who supervises the city’s three swimming pools.
Other lifeguard duties include cleaning the pool, restrooms and regularly vacuuming other common areas of the Legion Stadium pool complex. It can be a challenge for lifeguards keeping up with a pool full of kids and the debris they leave behind, Skinner says.
“They, of course, are watching the kids in the pool, but they make a point to check the restrooms during the day and we have a computerized chemical system that adjusts (chlorine levels) to a certain point, but if we have to we will manually adjust it,” she says.
Legion Stadium pool use figures for this summer are not available, but Skinner said 5,279 swimmers used the pool during the 2008 summer season, which runs from Memorial Day weekend until the about the start of school.
Skinner says the buck stops in her office.
“If anyone has any types of issues whatsoever we are very responsible and we will address whatever concerns they have,” she says.
Skinner’s office number is (910) 341-4602.
Date posted: July 25, 2009
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