Starting the week of November 29, BPR is adjusting its level of service, with just one lap pool open on weekdays until 7:30 p.m. and one leisure pool on weekday evenings.
“The ongoing labor shortage has impacted us in Boulder and has led to some tough choices,” said Parks and Recreation Director Ali Rhodes. “Specifically, a lack of lifeguards means we have to reduce pool hours. The community has told us to prioritize youth and older adults, and the December schedule tries to balance access for all with limited staff.”
The temporary changes include:
- Lap lanes at East Boulder Community Center (EBCC) will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until 7:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Lap lanes at North Boulder Recreation Center (NRBC) will be open Tuesday and Thursday until 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Leisure pools will be available weekends at both EBCC and NRBC, and at EBCC on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and at NRBC on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Staffing levels continue to fluctuate due to the pandemic. And as we can add swim times, our pool schedules will be updated online. Please check the city’s website at bouldercolorado.gov/parks-and-recreation-service-levels for the latest information.
“Our mission is to promote health and well-being, and this service reduction is frustrating for us all because it limits access to the water and the mental and physical benefits that come with exercise,” said Rhodes. “We are committed to fulfilling this base level of service, which will allow us to avoid last minute closures due to staffing fluctuations. We are allocating more resources to recruiting and training new lifeguards so that we can restore services as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to fill these aquatics positions.”
In addition to efforts to optimize pool operations, we are always actively recruiting new aquatics staff. We recently increased the pay for aquatics-related positions to bring them more in line with the market, will be starting a referral reward program for existing employees, and adding additional recruitment incentives to fill these needed positions.
We also have created several standard, benefited positions to help fill the year-round need for qualified lifeguards. In addition, BPR just implemented a new benefit: a six-month all-facility recreation pass, for seasonal/part-time employees, for only $5.
Lifeguarding is an opportunity to promote health and safety. For example, twice this summer, BPR lifeguards were the first responders to cardiac events at our facilities and literally saved lives.
Swimmers can help us address the labor shortage by sharing our hiring opportunities and encouraging anyone interested in a job that makes a difference in their community to apply at BPRJobs.org. We have training opportunities in December for those who can swim and can pass a few pre-training skills tests.
Thanks for your understanding as we make service adjustments to BPR operations and increase service levels when possible to support the wide range of needs, interests and values represented in the Boulder community.