Area pools set to open, some still need lifeguards

Joplin Opens Pools and Waterparks

Get ready for pool season in the 4-states! Memorial Day weekend marks the kickoff of the summer swim season at most local pools. KOAM is gathering information from area pools and will update this article with that. City officials can email with information for their pools and aquatic centers.

Joplin, Mo.

As many cities nationwide, Joplin’s Parks and Recreation department is experiencing lifeguard staffing challenges causing pool operations to be modified.

Schifferdecker Aquatic Center (4th Street and Schifferdecker Avenue) will be the only pool to open to the public on Saturday, May 29. As the largest pool of Joplin’s three aquatic centers, opening this center allows the City to serve the largest number of residents with current staffing. Hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours on Fridays until 8 p.m. Admission is $5.50 for visitors age 15 & under and $6.50 for visitors 16 years old and over. There is no charge for children age two and under. The 250-person capacity limit set in 2020 has been lifted for the 2021 season.

Ewert and Cunningham Aquatic Centers will be open during the summer in order to host various summer programs, such as swim lessons, Aqua Zumba, Junior Lifeguarding training, and other activities to patrons. Learn more at

To date, City staff has hired and trained 42 lifeguards; however, the Department needs at least 90 lifeguards to safely operate all three aquatic centers during the season. The Department is still recruiting lifeguards and will host a training on May 21/22 and another in June for applicants.

Neosho, Mo. Municipal Pool

The Neosho Municipal pool is open to the public starting May 29, 2021.

  • Mondays through Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The YMCA is running the pool and are offering private parties Fridays through Sundays. They say June is booked and spots go quickly. To reserve, apply in person at the Neosho YMCA.

Pool Location
416 Fairground Rd
Neosho, Missouri

YMCA Location (

4701 Chouteau Ave.
Neosho, MO 64850

Pittsburg, Kan.

The Pittsburg Aquatic Center will open on May 28, 2021. But, in order to operate every day, they need lifeguards and maintenance staff. If all goes as planned, the pool will open from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every day, weather permitting.

  • Address: 708 W. 9th St.

The City of Pittsburg posted the following to social media: “PPRD needs staff to make our summer activities and facility openings happen! View job openings from Kiddieland to the pool, summer camp, and more by visiting and sorting by Parks and Recreation in the department drop down!”

Schlanger Pool is currently under construction. The wading pool at the Aquatic Center is gone, but in its place, the City is building the Schlanger splash pad. They are hoping to have it completed in June. The City will provide updates as construction continues. You can follow their Facebook page for details.

  • Address: 700 Block E. 6th St.
  • Opening Day: Closed – New Facility Coming Soon! Stay Tuned!

Coming soon! The City of Pittsburg is working on the Schlanger Splash Pad. The wading pool at the pool is gone.. but this will take its place.  May open in June, but the City will provide updates as construction continues. Of course, it will depend on weather.