KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — The James Adkins Pool in Kyle will now be open more days during the week.
Before Tuesday, the pool was only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1-5:30 p.m.
The limited availability was because of the lifeguard shortage the City of Kyle was experiencing. However, at a July 5 meeting, the city council created an incentive program to address the shortage.
“Hiring incentives for seasonal aquatics staff, including a $250 dollar sign-on bonus, starting wages at $15 an hour, a $250 referral bonus, meals for staff twice a week during their shifts,” Kyle Mayor Pro-Tem Robert Rizo said.
The program will take $17,500 from the general fund to pay for the incentives.
Starting Tuesday, the city will open the pool on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Liz Per said coming to the James Adkins Pool is a family tradition.
“We had been anticipating it opening but we thought it was at a future date. And so, we found out that it was today and so we wanted to jump on it. We’ve been coming here for years,” Per said.
Since the incentive program officially went into effect Tuesday, they’ve signed on three new lifeguards.
So now, Per and her family can keep those family traditions alive.
“We bring a picnic and so just hang out all day. So it’s really nice,” Per said.
The city said it now has 15 lifeguards on hand and would like to hire at least five more.
Mayor Pro-Tem Rizo said during the pool’s offseason, city council will think of more ways to address the lifeguard shortage. That includes possibly continuing the incentive program next summer as well.