City of St. Cloud budget to open wading pools in 2023

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For the past 3 years, the 7 paddling pools of Saint-Cloud have been closed. In 2020 and 2021 the reason was due to the pandemic, but this year the reason was due to a lack of part-time lifeguards to work in the pools. St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis joined me on WJON for a radio town hall. He says they are working on their 2023 budget and the money for part-time lifeguards is in the budget.

Kleis says they know they have to adjust salaries to meet demand to get the trained lifeguards they need. He says it may not be the salary at all and just a lack of interested workers. According to the city website the salary offered this year started at $14.12 per hour depending on qualifications and experience. Kleis said next year’s salary could be around $18 an hour.

Kleis said last month that the city would consider converting some of the wading pools to wading pools in the future. The city currently has 3 wading pools at George/Eastman Park, Riverside Park and Westwood Park. St. Cloud has seven wading pools in Centennial, Haws, Hester, Pantown, Rotary, Seberger and Spalt parks.

If you’d like to listen to the Mayor’s 2-part radio town hall meeting, it’s available below.

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