The City of Buffalo’s indoor swimming pools will return to their pre-summer hours, starting Tuesday, Sept. 6, following a summer of free, extended hours. The city’s Cazenovia Park and Lovejoy pools were open on weekends, and expanded weekday schedules from July 1 through Labor Day in response to the extreme shortage of certified lifeguards, which forced Buffalo’s outdoor swimming and wading pools to remain closed this summer.
Buffalo Park Commissioner Andrew Rabb said the two indoor pools saw over 4,100 users in two months.
“Our hope is that swimmers continue to utilize our indoor pools during this fall through next spring after their positive experience over the summer,” he said. “We also hope many of our young residents decide to build on their swimming skills and are interested in becoming certified lifeguards.”
The city held a two-weekend lifeguard certification course in August for young people between of ages of 16 and 21. Additional training sessions will be held over the next several months to build the ranks of certified lifeguards, so city pools can open next summer.
Starting Sept. 6, the city’s two indoor pools will go from being open six days a week, to a 40-hour, weekdays-only schedule. Pool fees will also be reinstated.
The updated indoor pool hours are:
•Cazenovia Park Pool – Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
•Lovejoy Pool – Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pool fees at both facilities are:
Season passes (Labor Day through June 30)
√ $100 – city residents ages 18 through 61
√ $50 – city residents aged 62 and up, youth aged 17 and under
√ $150 – non-residents
Daily swim passes
√ $2 – city residents ages 18 through 61
√ $1 – city residents aged 62 and up, youth aged 17 and under
√ $3 – non-residents
City of Buffalo resident cards, which cost $3 and are valid for one year, can be obtained at the pools by providing proof of residency. Adults can get resident cards for young people without ID by providing their proof of residency.
The city has openings for certified lifeguards for its indoor pools, which pay $20 an hour. For more information on how to apply, visit https://www.buffalony.gov/Jobs.