PLATTSMOUTH – After a year-long dry spell, kids – and adults – are again soaking up summertime fun at Twin Rivers Water Park.
“They are excited to come here,” said Liz Glup, Plattsmouth’s city recreation director. “They are appreciative that we are open.”
Indeed, it’s been awhile, since 2019 in fact.
Last year, COVID-19 concerns pulled the plug on the swim season, but the gates reopened for a new season this past Memorial Day, much to the delight of many, such as Bryson Steele.
“He was so excited about the reopening, he was jumping up and down,” said his grandmother, Debbie Steele.
“It went really well on opening day and on the following day, we were really busy,” Glup said.
There is, however, a restriction for the time being of 50 percent capacity, or 292 swimmers, at one time, according to Glup.
“On an average day, we’ll see about 150 to 250 people. It’s about what we do every year.”
Hours have been cut back because of a lower number of lifeguards, according to Glup.
Currently, Glup has 13 lifeguards on duty, about five short of what she prefers.
She also has three assistant managers, instead of the normal four, and these three assistants have done some lifeguard duties when needed, Glup said.
“It has been difficult finding staff in the community and we’re not the only place that is having this problem,” she said. “There is a national shortage of lifeguards. A lot of pools are having restricted access.”
There could be numerous reasons for this shortage, according to Glup. For example, the shutdowns from the virus may have forced lifeguards to seek jobs in new fields.
She added that there’s been an increase in pools for private residences.
Currently, the pool is open from noon to 5 p.m., but starting Saturday, it will be open until 6, Glup said.
“It is subject to change,” she said. “We are hoping to go back to 12 to 5 p.m. and then from 6 to 8 p.m. If I get enough lifeguards, I’m hoping to add extra hours.”
There will be no swimming lessons this year, nor swim parties or pool renting, she added.
The pool will close on Aug. 9.
“It’s nice for the community,” Glup said of the reopening.