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August 12, 2016

Philadelphia pools extending swim season due to extreme heat

25 pools were scheduled to close this weekend

Pools Heat Wave
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Pool at Max Myers Playground in Northeast Philadelphia.

Some Philadelphia pools will remain open as residents look for ways to stay cool during a heat wave.

Mayor Jim Kenney's Office announced Friday that the scheduled closures of a third of its municipal pools have been delayed.

The city's Parks and Recreation Department had planned to shutter 25 of its 75 public pools this weekend. But only eight pools will close due to the current excessive heat warning that is expected to last until Sunday night:

• Northern Liberties, 321 Fairmount Avenue
• Lederer, 1202 East Montgomery Avenue
• Cruz, 1400 North 5th Street
• Penrose, 1101 West Susquehanna Avenue
• Schmidt, 113 West Ontario Street
• Scanlon, 1099 East Tioga Street
• Morris Estate, 1610 East Chelten Avenue
• 39th and Olive, 39th and Olive Streets

A lifeguard staffing shortage will force the closure of seven of those pools. Mechanical issues are the reason why Penrose is closing, city officials said.

During the heat emergency, pools are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on the weekend.

An updated schedule of pool closures has yet to be determined.

For more information and the original pool closures list, click here.