8/14/17 – The state closed the wading pool in Beaver Dam for most of last week because it was not adequately staffed. Community Activities and Services Administrator Jana Stephens says the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection conducted an annual inspection at the Swan Park wading pool last Monday. The inspection included a thorough review of the city’s staffing plan. During the inspection, it was determined that the facility exceeds wading pool specifications as outlined in state code. The state said a pool the size of the one at Swan Park requires lifeguards and temporarily closed the facility. The pool had been staffed with facility attendants instead of lifeguards for the past two summers. In 2015, the city council voted to remove lifeguards from both Swan Park and Crystal Lake Beach and install “swim at your own risk” signs instead. Stephens says she immediately contacted the YMCA and they reached an agreement to have the YMCA staff the pool with lifeguards for the rest of this season. The pool re-opened on Thursday. Stephens says she is working on a budget initiative to staff the pool with lifeguards next year. Whether or not the pool opens next year is another question. Parks Supervisor John Neuman told us during the life guard debate in 2015 that the wading pool was on its “last legs.” The city has tentatively earmarked splash pads at Swan Park in the five-year borrowing plan but nothing has officially been set aside as of yet for the estimated two-million-dollar project.
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