Wave pool, Elks not opening summer 2023 due to lifeguard shortage

Published: May. 24, 2023 at 3:39 PM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - Bismarck will only have one outdoor pool open this summer.

Bismarck Parks and Recreation needs 40 more lifeguards to fully staff and safely open all three outdoor Bismarck pools. That means they’re only going to open Hillside Pool this summer.

“Hopefully this is a one-year blip and we can get back going either later this summer or next year and have all three pools open,” said Kevin Klipfel, executive director of the Bismarck Park and Recreation District.

Bismarck Parks and Rec also has to cut back on swimming lessons. There will be no outdoor swimming lessons this summer. The indoor pools at the BSC Aquatic and Wellness Center will remain open through the summer, like every year.

Hillside Pool will open June 5.