Ban on Non-Park District Campers at Pools to Remain All Summer
Beginning June 27, Park District campers may return to pools, officials announced Friday. In an effort to reduce the number of swimmers, suspension of all non-park district camps will extend for the rest of the 2012 season.
In response to last week’s drowning of 4-year-old Vicente Cardenas, Glenview Park District officials announced today that a ban on all non-district camps at outdoor pools will last through the end of the summer season as they review policies and procedures.
While camps not affiliated with the park district will not have access to outdoor pool facilities for the remainder of the summer, all Glenview Park District-run camps that include swimming as part of their program will resume pool visits at both Roosevelt and Flick Outdoor Pools beginning Wednesday, June 27, officials said in a press release Friday afternoon.
According to the Park District, suspending non-district camps from use of facilities during public swim hours will reduce the number of campers at pools by approximately 50 percent.
Additionally, the Park District will adhere to the policies already in place for it’s own camps, officials added.
- A chaperone-camper ratio at the outdoor pools of one adult for every five children ages 5 years and younger and one adult for every 10 children ages six years and over.
- A mandatory swim proficiency test requirement for all campers enrolled in a park district camp.
- Campers who do not pass the test must wear a life vest when they are in the pools and must stay in the shallow end. Counselors have lists of those who must wear vests and will continue to enforce this procedure.
“We appreciate the community’s patience and our camp families’ patience while the park district continues to review its operational procedures and ensures that our Roosevelt Pool staff is prepared to return to normal operating hours,” said the park district’s Executive Director, Chuck Balling.
This weekend, Roosevelt Pool will continue abbreviated hours (12 – 6 p.m.) but will resume regular swim hours beginning Monday.