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Community Pools still waiting to dive into 2020 season

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 17:33:58-04

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's becoming sink or swim for public pools in Erie County. Some, like Veteran's Park in West Seneca, have already announced a closure for the whole summer. Others are still treading lightly.

"It's weighing on us heavily to be able to uphold what guidelines are given to us," said Bill Conrad, the Town of Tonawanda's chairman for the Youth, Parks & Recreation committee.

Those guidelines will eventually come from Governor Cuomo; and there's nothing set in stone yet. But some municipalities remain hopeful.

"We know that beaches are open, we know that swimming lessons are approved as an activity," Amherst Youth & Recreation executive director Mary-Diana Pouli said. "And so I think it's a logical next step that pools will be open."

Other hurdles that local community pools face if they receive approval from Cuomo include social distancing, sanitation, and a shortage of lifeguards.