Chicago public pools are opening June 15 -- keep it safe


Holstein's newly lined pool

Splish, splash Chicago's public pools are opening June 15 and 5 are in our area.


Shannon English, Holstein Park's supervisor

As they are about to start their 100 year celebrations, Holstein Park, 2200 N. Oakley, had a major overhaul of their pool this year. In compliance with the 2007 Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, which was designed to prevent swimmers from becoming trapped underwater by filtration systems, their pool has a new filter system and the lining was replaced. According to Holstein Park's supervisor, Shannon English, the construction reduced the depth of the pool by two feet.

The pool's capacity is 300 at anyone time. According to English, last year they had 300 lap swimmers but this year she is hoping for 400 since they are adding two new lap session at 9 a.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays. For their summer schedule click here.

Our area has four other parks with pools too. They are: Pulaski Park, 1419 N. Blackhawk, summer schedule; Union, 1501 W. Randolph, summer schedule; Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave., summer schedule; and Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave.


Pool rules for Chicago


Chicago swimming dress code

All of these pools have accessibility with a lift. Holstein has lifts in the full size and kiddies pools.

The National Traffic Safety Institute (NTSI) reminds us that while summer is a time for having fun in the water, it is a time to be particularly careful. They report that drowning is a leading cause of unintentional death and children ages 4 and under are at the greatest risk. A child can drown in as little as one inch of water.


Looking from Holstein's main pool at kids pool

Each year more than 1,000 children under the age of 14 drown and another 16,000 are rushed to hospitals for near-drowning. Drowning is many times called the “silent killer” as you might not hear a cry for help or the sound of a splash to alert you that a child is in trouble.

NTSI provides many suggestions including the following:

  • Never leave a child alone in or near a swimming pool pond.
  • Learn first aid and CPR, especially infant CPR.
  • Teach every child how to swim. Even with professional training, remember that children must be watched around even the smallest of wading pools.
  • Teach the importance of never running, pushing or jumping on other around water.
  • If you have a pool or pond, be sure there is a four-sided fence which is a minimum of five feet in height. Gate latches should be self-closing and self-latching . I
  • Make sure all wading pools are emptied and turned over immediately after use.
  • Use door and pool alarms and automatic pool covers for extra protection.


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