Gwinnett public pools now open for summer

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation pools are officially open for business today, and the Gwinnett Fire Department is urging water safety this summer.

Gwinnett firefighters responded to more than 20 incidents of near drownings and other water-related emergencies in 2009, spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

Pools should always have access limited by locked doors or fences and should always be covered when not in use, Rutledge said. Children should always be under adult supervision, and nobody, even adults, should swim alone.

A clear view of the pool from inside a house should be established whenever possible, and toys like tricycles and bikes should be kept away from pool's edge, Rutledge said.

Gwinnett County operates nine public pools and aquatic centers:

* Best Friend Park Pool on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross

* Bethesda Park Aquatic Center on Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville

* Bogan Park Aquatic Center on North Bogan Road in Buford

* Collins Hill Aquatic Center on Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville

* Dacula Park Pool on Dacula Road in Dacula

* Lenora Park Pool on Lenora Church Road in Snellville

* Mountain Park Aquatic Center on Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain

* Rhodes Jordan Park Pool on East Crogan Street in Lawrenceville

* West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Norcross.