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Parents More Cautious After Vicente Cardenas' Drowning

One week after the accidental drowning of 4-year-old Vicente Cardenas at Glenview’s Roosevelt Pool, community members continue to mourn.

Memorial flower bouquets line the Roosevelt Park Pool entry sign in Vicente Cardenas’ honor, just one week after the .

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When Patch visited Roosevelt Thursday afternoon, only a handful of patrons were at the pool.

But, according to a Park District employee who works at the pool’s front desk, Roosevelt has not seen a significant decrease in swimmers since last Friday’s tragedy. Thursday’s overcast weather contributed to the day's low attendance, he added.

When the pool reopened on Monday, the Park District announced it would . Additionally, the pool has been operating under abbreviated hours.

“Camp groups are still not allowed right now,” he said. "But if you look at our numbers, we haven’t seen a decrease in public patrons."

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While swimmers continue to head to the pool, parents are being more cautious and safety conscious, said Brian Pelrine, one of Roosevelt's three seasonal managers. 

Bob Quill, the park district's superintendent of leisure services, allowed Patch into the pool area to speak with patrons, but asked that we not approach lifeguards or anyone swimming in the pool as a safety precaucation. 

"It could be a distraction," he said. 

regarding pool safety at Roosevelt in Patch's comments section. One reader said her child would not be heading in the water without parent supervision.

"I have been to the pool with my kids during camp time and know how incredibly crazy it can be," one parent wrote. "...I don't know all the details of this incident, but I anxiously await them as well. It goes without saying that my son will not be going to the pool without one of his parents.

"In the meantime, we remember a young boy tragically lost, we sympathize with those who tried to save him, and we should work cooperatively to find a solution to prevent this from happening to another child."

Another reader said they have been concerned about safety at Roosevelt for several years.

"We stopped going to Roosevelt pool a couple of years ago because it had become overrun with too many campers during the week," the parent wrote. "It was an accident waiting to happen, period. May God bless this family who lost their precious little one way too soon."

At the nearly-empty pool deck Thursday afternoon, one family said Friday’s tragedy won’t stop their summer swimming plans.

The Glenview mom, who asked her name not be used, told Patch they don't come to the pool often but are not concerned about safety for future pool days this summer. 

Her daughters, 8 and 10, said they were sad for the boy's family but were not afraid for their own safety at the pool.

"We think it's very sad," the girls shared. "He probably didn't know how to swim very well. We're very good swimmers."

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Parent June 22, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I am one of the parents so called quoted above. If the Patch has used my full quote from their earlier story that said I had also seen Roosevelt pool just a busy on weekends as during the time camps were visiting, that would be fine. However, clearly the Patch chose to omit that point with three dots. I think the Patch should stop inflaming this sad situation.
Joanna Schneider June 22, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I'm sorry you felt like your quote was misconstrued. My intent was only to edit it down for length to fit in the story, not change it's meaning. For those interested in the reader's full comment, here it is in its entirety: 1:40 pm on Monday, June 18, 2012 I am the mother of a four year old preschooler at Wesley. Vincente was my son's friend. He was a sweet boy. All of my thoughts and prayers are with the Cardenas family. Their loss is unimaginable. Everyone at Wesley, the park district and the Glenview community is horrified this happened. I have been to the pool with my kids during camp time and know how incredibly crazy it can be. But I have also seen the pool just as packed on a weekend and many parents standing around chatting with each other. I don't know all the details of this incident, but I anxiously await them as well. It goes without saying that my son will not be going to the pool without one of his parents. In the meantime, we remember a young boy tragically lost, we sympathize with those who tried to save him, and we should work cooperatively to find a solution to prevent this from happening to another child.

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