ALLEGHENY COUNTY (KDKA) — Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says county pools will not open this summer due to staffing problems.
Fitzgerald told the county council on Tuesday that in his memory, it is the first time parks will not open their pools.READ MORE: Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Pittsburgh, South Hills
“I don’t know any way around it at this point,” Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald also told the county council that they needed 150 lifeguards but only got 24 applications.
Last month, Fitzgerald told KDKA’s Andy Sheehan that if the pools would have opened, it would have been late June at the earliest.READ MORE: Heavy Rains Close Streets Run Road And Other Roadways In Pittsburgh Area
“During these hot months, it would be so nice to be in the water right now instead of riding around in the hot weather,” Nancy Perez Marcenelle told KDKA’s Jennifer Borrasso.
First, Governor Tom Wolf and state Health Secretary Rachel Levine said pools would not be able to open this summer.
Then on the Friday before Memorial Day, the governor said pools could open in the “green” phase.MORE NEWS: Home Struck By Lightning, Fire Causes Chimney To Collapse
“It made it very difficult. We were scrambling, obviously,” Fitzgerald said.