Lifeguard shortage could leave some Overland Park pools closed this summer, city warns

The city of Overland Park says it has currently has only 100 applicants to fill 225 lifeguard positions to be fully staffed for the summer swim season. If more lifeguards don't apply, the city says most outdoor city pools may remain closed all summer. Above, a lifeguard on duty in a previous summer at Young's Pool on 77th Street.

An ongoing lifeguard shortage could crimp city pool operations in Overland Park this summer. 

City officials say they are currently short the number of lifeguards they need, creating the possibility that some city pools might operate on reduced hours or remain closed entirely.