Which Shreveport Pool Won’t Open As Scheduled?
After weeks of confusion, ineptitude and speculation, the 5 Shreveport public pools are scheduled to open Tuesday, June 7th at 1P. But one pool won't open as scheduled.
Airport Park- 6500 Kennedy St
Southern Hills- 1002 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop
David Raines Park- 2920 Round Grove Lane
Querbes Park- 3500 Beverly Place
are all scheduled to open at 1P Tuesday, June 7th. But Bill Cockrell is currently undergoing repairs, and won't open until the repairs are complete. At this time, the city has not specified an opening date or time frame.
The hours for all 5 pools are listed as follows:
Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday through Friday – 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m
The 2022 swiming season will continue through July 31st for all pools except Southern Hills, which will remain open weekends only through Sunday, September 4th, 2022.
There has been several weeks of controversy and confusion over who will manage the 5 Shreveport pools. A local company, Rock Solid has managed the pools for the past 13 years without ever having submited a proposal, or been requested by the city to do so. Then, in 2022, RFP's were issued by the city for the management and maintenance of the city's pools. KEEL News asked Mayor Perkins what instigated the change in city policy. He told KEEL News the law changed in 2019, requiring RFP's to be issued for companies interested in managing and maintaining the pools. Only two RFP's were solicited. One from Rock Solid, and another from the Atlanta based resort pool management company, USA Pools. After several weeks, and just days before the pools were scheduled to open, USA Pools withdrew their proposal.
If the law changed in 2019, why weren't RFP's sent out then? Why wait two years to change the procedure? Why did USA Pools withdraw? But those are questions for another day...