Another Day, Another Incident of Bodily Fluids Closing Wolfe Park Pool

bodily fluids closing Wolfe Park Pool.

I arrived at the pool; I set up my towels and umbrella and took a swim. Was just getting comfortable when the long whistle went off. Someone had pooped in the pool. I started the job of packing my stuff up and telling my kid that we need to go home.

When will we come up with solutions to this?

I know that a splash pad is planned and will be installed in the near future but this is not a solution. Harold and I recently spoke with directors of other pools. One director: Explained that they require all children three and under to wear rubber pants under their bathing suits and they sell them at the pool. Another pool requires and randomly checks to see if children are wearing the required clothes.

I asked if either pool required patrons to vacate the area. I was surprised to learn that one of the pools did. They explained that they closed for two hours and sent lifeguards home without pay. This was a way of recouping some of the money lost. It also reminded the lifeguards to be more vigilant. The other pool stayed open with a lifeguard watching the water and telling the patrons to stay out until the water was safe.

Then there’s our pool, the lifeguards do not go home but all patrons are required to vacate the area. This has led to constant complaining by patrons and out of town members. I heard many members asking why we can't just stay on the lawn.This question has been brought to the director several times with no resolution.

There was a couple sitting next to me visibly upset by the directions to leave. In discussion I learned that they traveled about fifteen minutes to get to the pool and after packing up their two children it was not realistic for them to return that day. They had brought guest and as I left they were asking for a refund. I wished I could help them but I had to pack up my kids and vacate.

As a parent of a six-year-old and a 10-year-old I understand that accidents happen, but there are precautions that parents should take. A child three and under should be wearing either swim diapers or rubber pants under their bathing suits. A parent should know that a child should wait at least fifteen minutes after eating to swim. These practices will help cut down on bodily fluid issues at the pool.

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Jacob's Mama August 13, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I don't get it. Parents aren't even putting swim diapers on the kids? My two year old has a swim diaper on and a one piece swimming suit with floaties and it covers him down to mid thigh. No poop is coming out of there! How is the poop getting in the pool. I have said from the start of the summer that rubber pants should be enforced and SOLD at the front desk along with swim diapers. However, the "random" checking of clothing to see if my son has on the swim diaper would not fly with me. I'm not unzipping his suit or pulling down his swim trunks to show the lifeguards.
JCC August 13, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I can't believe the town went through all this trouble for this supposed "fantastic" pool and they didn't put in a kiddie pool. What did they expect was going to happen? Very poor planning. The "splash" or "cooling station" shoud've been constructed at the same time. Seems like a huge waste of money has been spent on this and it's closed all the time because of these incidents.
MattsWeather August 13, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I heard that they ran out of money and that's why they put those shadded picnic tables in.
MattsWeather August 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM
that's why they put those shadded picnic tables in instead of a kiddle pool
QWERTY August 13, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I'm not dismissing the town as it sounds like they are completely incompetent with this situation, but why are people still patronizing this pool? Setup a hose in your yard or stay indoors if it's that hot out. Why continue to subject yourself to this lunacy?
jim laguardia August 13, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I can not believe the attitude you have... It is the life guards fault???? Just a few days ago one of your friends was saying the life guards should not be doing anything but saving lives
Steven Goldstein August 13, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Jim I am saying that their are ways to deal with this problem and I did say parents should be held responsible. I gave examples of what other pools do.
Jacob's Mama August 13, 2012 at 06:38 PM
LOL. Good point Qwerty! I think many of us have already paid for the membership and want to get some use of our money.
jim laguardia August 13, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I think The P&R director had stated the patrons would not have to leave the area anymore after bodily fluids in the pool in an article on the patch about a month ago... Has that changed again
Steven Goldstein August 13, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Their still making everyone leave their wrre incidents on sat and sun.
jim laguardia August 13, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Another day, another misinformed and or misleading blog.... Bill you had "breaking news" pool closed with this blog for shame !!!!
Bill Bittar (Editor) August 13, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Sorry about that. This blog had been coming in same day all along and the headline said the pool was closed. I wanted to save people the trip to the pool if it was closed. I thought people would really be mad if they showed up and found out it was closed.
Stephanie G August 13, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Maybe Patch could put a dedicated "Wolfe Park Pool Status" box somewhere on the home page? It seems that not everyone who is participating in the conversations on Patch are aware of the Pool's Facebook page or don't want to bother calling before heading over? Just an idea...
Steven Goldstein August 13, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Your better off calling yesterday I returned to the pool at five like Facebook said only to find that at ten to five they changed it to 530.people were noticbly angry waiting for it to reopen
jim laguardia August 13, 2012 at 08:23 PM
So Bill if I tell you that people are taking the blogs opinion as news.... You understand now??
Bill Bittar (Editor) August 13, 2012 at 09:25 PM
The pool being closed or open isn't an opinion, it either is or it isn't. But I see what you're saying.
Bill Bittar (Editor) August 13, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Wonder if the park could do what the school district does and send out email notifications to people's cell phones.
Green Grass High Tides August 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM
They should just let us know when the pool is actually open.
monroe203 August 14, 2012 at 03:28 AM
I think by "their" you mean there. "Their" is used when referencing possession, which maybe you would know that if you did something other than continuously complain about whether the pool is open or not.
Oldblooeyz August 14, 2012 at 04:22 AM
That is nasty! The patents should be held responsible
Dasher August 14, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Recently after trying to go to the lake and then finding it closed to swimming, I tried to find this info on the park and rec website, but NO . I guess they didnt hink that communication would be helpful. Pool or lake closings should be listed right on their website. This town is just rediculous. Has anyone else noticed that if you call the cancellation line, you can hear items from 2 weeks ago. I called them one day and suggested that an office worker erase the messages the next morning and i was told that wasnt the way it was done LOL what a joke. They make themselves look bad.
jim laguardia August 15, 2012 at 02:16 PM
the P&R website is a wreck, in his words the director called it a "disaster" and it has been for years...


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