Minnesota health officials say a few basic precautions can help keep families healthy at the pool and beach. Despite the recent rain and flooding, the Fourth of July holiday is expected to be busy at Minnesota’s beaches and pools. Health officials say best way to prevent water-borne illnesses is to keep germs out of the water in the first place, even chlorinated pools.
The warm weather is finally here, which means pool season can now begin. The city of St. Paul says they’re ready to open, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
Because summer won’t let up, 31 Minneapolis wading pools won’t close until Sunday, Sept. 8. About 30 wading pools located on or adjacent to Minneapolis Public School property closed on Aug. 26, on the first day of school. Beaches remain open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Swim docks at Nokomis, Calhoun and Harriet lakes have been removed.
Even the recent cool temps can’t stop St. Paul pools from opening with summer hours on June 8. Como Regional Park Pool, Highland Park Aquatic Center, Phalen Park Beach and Great River Water park will stay open seven days a week beginning Saturday.
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and for many that will mean time in the pool. But before you jump in, experts recommend heeding some pool safety tips for all ages. A report from CPSC says 390 children younger than age 15 drown in pools and spas every year.
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that nearly 3 of 5 public swimming pools are contaminated with fecal matter. The figures from their tests of polls conducted during last summer’s swim season showed about 58 percent of the samples tested positive for E. coli.
With a summer that doesn’t seem to want to end, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is extending the season at 32 of its 65 wading pools.
Contrary to the beliefs of the rest of the country, Minnesota usually gets hot enough at least four months out of the year to require cooling down by way of large bodies of water, waterparks and pools. For a little something different from the typical lakeside visit, the area’s waterparks and pools promise tons of fun for the whole family. These, the state’s best, boast all of that family fun and so much more.
A push from a Minnesota mom and dad who lost their little girl means thousands of pools around the country will now be safer.