Pool closures force some to find other places to escape heat

June 3, 2011 10:47:29 AM PDT
The sizzling temperatures come at a time when the city of Houston is closing 8 public pools because of a budget crunch. Parents in a northwest Houston say that their kids used to jump into the pool at Independence Heights Park, but after the budget cuts, that pool is now closed. Nearby residents are now trying to find other pools and other ways to beat the heat.

Doctors say kids are one of the groups most at risk when it comes to heat-related illnesses. That's why some parents say they plan to keep a close eye on their children while doing outside activity. They also plan to make sure their kids stay hydrated and wear light cool clothing.

But some parents and grandparents say they are now disappointed their children will no longer have the option of cooling down at a pool in their own neighborhood.

"They look forward to coming to the pool, swimming and cooling off at the pool because their mom would be at work and their mom thinknig that everything will be alright," said concerned resident Sandra Milton.

Like the pool at Independence Heights Park, there are alternative pool locations of those closed pools, all of them within 4 miles of the closed pools.

Closed Pool

  • Alief -11903 Bellaire
  • Cloverland-11800 Scott
  • Finnigan-4900 Providence
  • Glenbrook-8201 N. Bayou(Under Const.)
  • Hobart Taylor-8100 Kenton
  • Judson Robinson, Sr.-1422 Ledwicke
  • Independence Heights-603 East 35th
  • Lansdale-8201 Roos
  • Love-1000 West 12th
  • Alternate Pool

  • Sharpstown-6600 Harbor Town
  • Sunnyside-3502 Bellfort
  • Denver Harbor-1020 Gazin
  • Reveille-7700 Oak Vista
  • Tidwell-9720 Spaulding
  • Tidwell-9720 Spaulding
  • Oak Forest-1400 Dubarry
  • Sharpstown-6600 Harbor Town
  • Stude-1031 Stude

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