Tukwila Pool to close for 11 days starting Dec. 25 as part of transition

After months of transition planning, the Tukwila Pool will close on Dec. 25 and reopen on Jan. 5, operated by the Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District.

Dave Perkins

After months of transition planning, the Tukwila Pool will close on Dec. 25 and reopen on Jan. 5, operated by the Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District.

The park district also won’t offer swimming lessons in January as it continues to train staff for the transition.

The district and the City of Tukwila this year signed an agreement transferring pool operations from the city to the district.

Park district commissioners finalized some of the details of the transition at their meeting Dec. 10.

“We are well-positioned to be successful,” said President De’Sean Quinn. He’s most proud that the pool will remain open, through the efforts of the pool staff and supportive community, he said.

Earlier, the city transferred ownership of the pool to the park district.

The 11-day closure will give the city time to remove its property from the pool and the pool district will install computers, train staff on a new point-of-sale system and train staff in lifeguarding skills, according to Dave Perkins, the district’s aquatics manager.

Swimming lessons will resume on Feb. 1. Any registration payments already made for January lessons will be credited to the February session or refunded, Perkins said.

Sixteen current lifeguards applied to continue their jobs and Perkins was to begin accepting applications this week for new hires. Information is available at www.tukwilapool.org.

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