Naches Pool Could Close if Management Doesn't Change
NACHES, Wash - Lifeguards at a pool in Naches say they'll quit if their manager isn't replaced. Staff members say this would close the pool. Wednesday night they all tried to sort out their differences at a board meeting. Community members and lifeguards were giving their opinion on the pool's manager, Kit Hawver.
A group of lifeguards working for the Applewood Park pool in Naches say they have been abused by Hawver and are now taking a stand.
Residents who spoke at the meeting claim they have seen her yell at swimmers and staff. Hawver chose not to comment.
One pool staff member is concerned for the safety of people who choose to swim in the Naches River rather than the pool. Others see no problem with the management.
"My brothers are the ones going to the river because they don't want to go to the pool anymore because they're fed up with how they've been treated," says pool staff member Carly Walker while holding back tears.
"We have not had any difficulties with her at all this year, we have actually had a good relationship develop with all of us," explained Laura Gillespie, who swims at the pool.
The next step is the Applewood Park District board will take the public comments they heard Wednesday and make a decision on what to do.
Some of the lifeguards say if Hawver is not replaced by August 11th they will quit.