Niagara Falls pools, most Cheektowaga pools to remain closed this summer

Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS/CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — This year, public pools and splash pads in Niagara Falls will not be open, and there are a couple different reasons.

The larger pools need repairs, and because of the pandemic, the city doesn’t have funding to staff the smaller ones.

Colin Ligammari lives in Niagara Falls and said hot days without pool access are going to be tough.

“We’re sweating to death right now and there’s only a few ways for us to cool off as residents, the pool. the splash pad especially. The splash pad is one of the only places you can bring small children when you can’t necessarily leave them alone at the pool,” Ligammari said.

In Cheektowaga, only the Town Park pool will be open this summer. Both Maryvale and Dingens will stay closed. Again, the town cites lifeguard staffing issues post-pandemic as the reason.

Annette Nash brings her kids to Town Park for swim lessons every summer and said she’s relieved her pool is the one staying open.

“We get out, beat the heat and go to swim lessons here soon, we’re just excited its open again because we live really close by and every summer its our go to,” said Nash.

Niagara Falls city councilman Bill Kennedy said he’s hoping the city’s money from the American Rescue Plan can go towards reopening pools.

“I’m hopeful that the administration, even if it’s only for a couple of months, will allocate some money for a few lifeguards and for these pools to open even at the very least its just this splash pad so the public has somewhere to go cool off,” Kennedy said.

He said they hope to find out how they can use the relief money as soon as possible.

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