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Drowning prompts change in Cincinnati pool policy

Holly Yurchison

The Cincinnati Recreation Commission is making changes to its city pool policy following the drowning of a 10-year-old Walnut Hills boy at Bush Pool this month, and recommendations by City Council.

Effective immediately, children ages 7 to 11 have to be supervised by an adult. Particulars spelled out in a memo say this:

To clarify, children ages 7-11 cannot participate in open swim times at CRC pools without an adult. Children enrolled in swim lessons and CRC aquatic programs can still participate without the parent present if parent has registered and authorized their child be enrolled in program. Children ages 7-1 1 who are in a CRC day camp are actively supervised by CRC day camp staff that are 18 or older so can continue to swim during open swim.

In addition, CRC is contracting with the Redwoods Group to provide an audit of CRC’s policies and procedures related to the aquatics program. The audit will begin this week and is expected to make recommendations by the middle of July.

City Council began discussion last week

A motion, requiring children ages 11 and under have adult supervision at city swimming pools, passed unanimously by city council last Wednesday, comes after the drowning death June 18 of  10-year-old Tyrell Wyche who was unsupervised at the city pool in Walnut Hills. It was the first drowning death at a Cincinnati city pool since 1992.

Ann Thompson has years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology