Centennial Pool, Splash Pads Extend Hours

July 18, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

July 18, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM EDT


The heat and humidity can be a dangerous combination for residents trying to cool down, that's why Mayor Byron Brown made an extra effort to provide people with a safe place to keep cool by extending the hours of splash pads and Centennial Pool.

The lifeguards on duty at the pool spent one-extra hour on duty Thursday night.

Soaring temperatures caused Mayor Brown to allow Centennial Pool to say open one hour later until 8 pm along with the city's splash pads.

"It stays hot all day and my daughter gets off work after hours and we still have time to all come to the pool," said Dianna Jones.

But just as the pool closed Thursday evening emergency workers responded to a young boy who witnesses say fell in the splash pad area and suffered a head injury.

The incident served as a reminder that with increased crowds workers must remain on high alert.

"I pay attention to my lifeguards to make sure that they're healthy or that they're awake and they're focused because that's the main thing to focus on," explained Angel Torress, a lifeguard at Centennial Pool.