With the Tri-State approaching a heat index Tuesday of 110 degrees, families can cool off at the Olympic-sized pool at Randolph Park in Eastside Tuesday. The Latonia Water Park/Splash Pad is also open.
Thanks to an 11th hour hiring blitz, Covington avoided lifeguard crisis and staggered pool openings in the city while lifeguards were being trained.
Starting Wednesday, the Randolph Park pool, the splash pad and the Olympic-sized pool at Goebel Park near MainStrasse will be open from noon to 6 p.m. daily until Aug. 7.
“If everything goes according to plan, we should be good to go with all three facilities open from Wednesday on,” Parks & Rec Manager Ben Oldiges said. “Considering what’s going on with pools around the region and around the country, we’re actually doing really well and feel good to be in the position we’re in.”
Oldiges said that the community spreading the word about the need for lifeguards is what helped them hire the last 10 they needed to open the pools.
“This is a win for Covington,” he said. “I saw everybody from city commissioners to the schools to local parents spreading the word on social media. It just shows the popularity of the pools and the sense of community we have in Covington. To everybody who pitched in and helped recruit, I say ‘thank you.’ You’re part of what makes The Cov special.”