Lifeguard hiring spree opens more Indianapolis pools
It will be easier to find an open pool in Indianapolis this summer after a monthslong marketing and recruiting blitz has beefed up the city's parks staff.
Zoom in: Indianapolis is paying $15 an hour — same rate as last year — and adding signing bonuses up to $500 to attract lifeguards.
State of play: The incentives are working.
- Indianapolis has 170 lifeguards on staff, up from 81 a year ago.
- The city will open nine pools across its parks system this weekend and one more next weekend, up from six last year.
Details: The pools opening Saturday are Broad Ripple, Brookside, Frederick Douglass, Garfield, Indy Island Aquatic Center, Perry, Rhodius, Riverside and Thatcher.
- The Gustafson Park pool opens June 3.
- Indianapolis has 19 pools, several of which are closed due to construction or maintenance issues and might open later.
Between the lines: The weird pandemic economy has increased demand for workers, causing salaries to rise and making it harder for cities to fill lower-paying jobs ranging from trash collectors to snow plowers.
What they're saying: "A parks recruitment committee went out (to) high schools, went to job fairs, visited churches, so it really had a big effort behind it," Indianapolis parks director Phyllis Boyd told reporters Wednesday.
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