Since the pool closure the lifeguards have been busy working to keep Ouray in tip top shape. Currently the Ouray Hot Springs Pool and Fitness Center has 5 lifeguards on staff. These guards are all year-round employees that have committed to coming back and guarding the new facility in the summer. In the mean time they have been working with Public Works and other city departments to complete tasks that normally would not get done.
In the early fall guards worked on the Box Canyon building. They did lots of painting and even fixed some of the metal paneling on the roof where it had been damaged from heavy snowfall. The Box Canyon building and surrounding pavilions have been restored and are looking great. If you have been climbing in the ice park you may have noticed some of the work that has been done.
The Lifeguards then took to the streets and painted fire hydrants and took inventory of all the signs in town. These tasks kept the guards busy for about a full week. But they were eager to move on and start work at the Rotary Park and the on the Riverwalk.
Over at Rotary Park the guards installed new boards to replace the old rotten pieces inside the hockey rink. Once the boards were installed the lifeguards then put on a fresh coat of paint over the entire structure. Over at the Riverwalk the guards and pool staff worked hard at replacing all of the rotten sections of the fence that runs along the walking trail. They then took that scrap wood and cut it into pieces to use as fire wood for Rotary Park Ice Rink.
On days where working outside was less than ideal a lifeguard would go up to city hall and work on organizing and logging all of the building permits here in town. A dirty job but someone has to do it.
Now that winter is here and a lot of the work has been done, lifeguards spend their time down at the Ice Rink making and maintaining the ice everyone loves to skate on. This has been no easy task this season with the high and low temps, snow and rain and generally unpredictable weather we have been experiencing here in town.
Next month we will be writing about what it takes to become a lifeguard and all of the events and activities lifeguards participate in throughout the year.
Article written by Josh Vincent (Lead Life Guard)