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Reported by Lori Brown

City pools set to re-open

After a nearly three week investigation, Memphis city pools will reopen July 2nd just in time for the Independence Day holiday. However, officials said Tuesday, there will be some new rules in place.

Here's a look at some of the big changes:

  • Pool cards will be required.
  • Adults will need to be in the pool with children 12 and under or less than four feet tall. However, whether or not parents are required to be in the water is being reconsidered after today's meeting.
  • Swim tests will be required to swim in the deep end of the pool.
  • Police officers will come by the pools on occasion.

"Most important goal today get pools reopened an in a safe manner. I think we accomplished that, Second are those two incidents. Still have some work to do on that," Memphis parks committee chair Jim Strickland said.

"I think the city is doing all the right things to make these pools as safe as possible. If parents will help us supervise their kids, it will be a great step in the right direction," Memphis Parks Department director Cindy Buchannan said.

There will be new pool hours with only certain age groups allowed at certain times:

  • From 1:00-2:30 children twelve and under can swim with adults.
  • From 3:00-4:00 Kids 13 and up can swim.
  • From 5:00-7:00 all ages can swim.

You can sign up for a pool card starting next Thursday at any of the city's community centers.

The city attorney is still not revealing what happened when two boys drowned in two different pools on opening day. He said that is still under investigation.


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