After a week of scorching temperatures in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has signed a "Mayor's Emergency" to open city pools on Mondays and Tuesdays. Here is the release sent out by the mayor:
Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Council President Martin J. Sweeney are pleased to announce that city outdoor pools will now be opened on Mondays and Tuesdays until the end of the season on August 14. This will give kids from Cleveland and surrounding areas who also frequent city pools the opportunity to cool off seven days a week instead of five.
Cleveland and most of the country have been experiencing a heat wave that is likely to last for the foreseeable future. The extreme heat prompted Business and Community Stakeholders to step forward and pledge financial support to extend outdoor pool hours.
"I would like to thank all of those who stepped forward and expressed a willingness to voluntarily contribute private funds to support this effort," said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. "This is truly the best of what public-private partnerships are all about."
"On behalf of Cleveland City Council, I would also like to thank those who stepped forward to support our children. We worked closely with the Administration on this effort that will allow us to continue to provide quality service to our citizens," said Council President Martin J. Sweeney.
A Mayor's Emergency memo (see attached) was signed on Friday afternoon and will allow the city to accept the financial donations reported to be $100,000. The total cost of extending the number of days that the city's outdoor pools would be open is $138,000.
Due to the state imposed budget cuts, outdoor pools that would have ordinarily been open on extraordinarily hot days that fell on Mondays and Tuesdays were closed this season. Making the city's 22 outdoor pools available to the public an additional two days per week will help provide much needed relief from the heat and potentially prevent heat-related illness.