A lack of available lifeguards is causing Heights Family Aquatic Center managers to cancel plans to open on the Labor Day holiday, though the facility will be able to operate as scheduled Saturday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 5.

The shortage of trained aquatic safety personnel is a phenomenon being experienced across North Texas and in other parts of the nation. To try to mitigate the shortage, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department has increased wages for trained seasonal personnel and offered bonuses for people to work. Those efforts helped to fill positions through the summer with a limited number of impacts experienced through the swim season.

The Heights Family Aquatic Center is normally opened through Labor Day as a recreation option during the long holiday weekend. Parks and Recreation staff wish to express their apologies for the unexpected early closure announcement and thank everyone for their understanding.