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City seeks to make a splash with new pool upgrades

Arlo Barnette

Lexington’s six city pools are preparing to reopen with regular hours for the first time in three years, and they’re getting upgrades paid for by federal pandemic relief dollars.

Mayor Linda Gorton and other city leaders were at Southland Aquatic Center Thursday afternoon to discuss pool plans for the summer. Four of the city’s six pools will open Memorial Day Weekend: Castlewood, Southland, Tates Creek, and Woodland. Shillito and Douglass will open a week later on June 4th.

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council has allotted American Rescue Plan Act funding for infrastructure improvements—four pools have already had their diving boards replaced.

"We are very fortunate that the mayor, our administration, and the council members approved over 25 million [dollars in] investment in parks projects—so you'll be seeing those all over the city."
Monica Conrad, Director of Parks & Recreation

Among the future improvements, Douglass will be getting a new filtration system and pool slide. Woodland and Southland are due new aquatic features and filter tanks. The aquatic feature at Tates Creek will be repaired. Southland and Castlewood will get new pumps, and there will be pool decking repairs at Shillito.

"We hope you'll join us at our pools in the coming weeks. Also, take an opportunity to go out to Jacobson Park, where we've got paddleboat rentals as well as kayaks. [There's] still time get a pool pass, sign up for a swim lesson—and we're also still looking for lifeguard and pool positions."
Monica Conrad, Director of Parks & Recreation

Apply to be a lifeguard at lexingtonky.gov/prjobs.