DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – Staff at the City of Dubuque said they heard loud and clear from the community of Dubuque that they wanted to see summer activities return after most programs were canceled last year in due to the pandemic.
“We really missed this connection that we have with our community and not being able to be in the playgrounds, in our parks, in different places, to see the members of our community,” said Dan Kroger, director of the division. city recreation. “It was really difficult to do different activities with them.”
That’s why they decided to bring back the summer programming for young people. However, many of them will look different.
Recording-based programs will be modified, according to Kroger, to minimize the ability to enable social distancing. Other than that, they will try to accommodate as many programs as possible outside.
Kroger said, however, that their biggest challenge to date has been staffing the pools. He said it was part of a national trend.
“A lot of that has to do with last year, lots of pools and water facilities that don’t open, young people finding other jobs, and they’re coming back instead of coming back to us at the pool. “, He explained.
The city, however, is taking action to try to address this issue. Kroger mentioned that they had increased the salary to $ 12 an hour and offered scholarships and reimbursements for lifeguard certifications.
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