Rising Temps Pack Jackson Water Park to Capacity

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

JACKSON (WILX)-- A public pool in Jackson is struggling to keep up with the heat.

After the Ella Sharp Public Pool closed for the 2013 season, its swimmers had to switch to the Nixon Water Park, filling it to capacity. It's expected to stay that way all week with the warmer weather.

Ella Sharp Public Pool has been closed due to underground mechanical problems, and financial problems according to Park and Rec. For some families, like the Soper Family, it's been hard to part with their summer tradition at the pool.

"It's a lil bit sad. All my kids took swimming lessons there, and I used to swim there as a kids. I wonder what's going to happen to it," said Warner K. Soper.

It's unknown if the pool will be repaired for next summer, or closed for good according to Parks and Rec. The Nixon Water Park is the only other public pool option in Jackson, and it's been filling up fast. Many families like the Sopers have switched to the water park. The high volume of patrons has been a big concern for parents.

"We won't come if it's too crowded. I just have too many to look after and I wouldn't feel safe if there were too many," said Soper.

With a tight budget the Nixon Water Park wasn't able to hire extra lifeguards this summer, but they're still making sure every inch of water is being watched.

"There's plenty of lifeguards, and they rotate them routinely. They seem to be on top of things," said Soper.

"No matter what the capacity we have seven guards on duty no matter what," said Kathy Voss, Water Park Director.

The water park does have a limit of 250 people at one time. Voss says while she would like to let everyone in, she's being very strict about the capacity.

"When we reach that magic number of 250 we have to tell people sorry, we're not available for swimming this session, and we invite them back for the next session."

In an effort to get everyone some pool-side time they have divided each day into three sessions.

Monday-Saturday
11 am-2 pm
2:15 pm-5:15 pm
5:30 pm-7:00 pm *No 3rd session on Friday-Saturday

Only 250 people are allowed in each session, and tickets have to be bought the day-of.

Voss expects to sell out each session this week. Patrons are welcome to line up early.


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