Spokane Parks and Recreation Department spokeswoman Nancy Goodspeed said The Liberty Aquatic Center was closed yesterday immediately after morning swim lessons, because a group of young men invaded the pool, pushed the life guards around and in general bullied people.
One report that a lifeguard was punched has yet to be confirmed.
"Staff vehicles were ‘keyed’ and the one with the most damaged will run about $1,500 to repair," Goodspeed said, adding that she suspects the brush fire at Liberty Pool this afternoon may be set by the same group of 15-20 year olds.
Police reports were filed on the vandalism yesterday before a decision was made to shut the pool down, Goodspeed added.
Today, Spokane Police Department sent two officers to be at the pool during the open swim time.
"The SPD Bike Patrol has also stopped by," Goodspeed said, "and we believe today’s brush fire may have been set by the same group of kids."
The Liberty Pool is open again but all evening swim lessons have been moved to Comstock through the end of this session on July 29. Morning swim lessons will continue as schedules at Liberty Pool.
"Safety for staff, kids and families is paramount for us, but it’s also a great shame that we have to have a police presence at a swimming pool for kids," Goodspeed said. "By the way, this is a perfect summer day and Liberty Pool only has five kids in it."