Archbold, OH

High Dive May Be History

The three-meter high dive at the Archbold Swimming Pool may become history, said Jennifer Kidder, Archbold Parks & Recreation director.

Kidder said she told members of the Archbold Park Board at their Tuesday, Feb. 15, meeting, they need to consider removing the high dive due to safety concerns.

She recently attended several aquatic conferences during the Ohio Parks & Recreation Association meeting.

She said she learned, “we shouldn’t have a high dive without a different way of getting to it.”

She said there should be a stairway, with railing. There should also be padding around the base of the high dive.

Currently, there is a ladder divers must scale to get to the high dive. The deck around the high dive is concrete.

Kidder said she would get costs to bring the high dive into compliance, but said it may be cost-prohibitive. Pool Manager

Kidder said Andre Hurst, Archbold, has been named the new manager of the pool.

Hurst has worked at the Archbold swimming pool for five years, and worked at the University of Toledo Recreation Center pool for two years.

Hurst holds the required water safety, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and first aid certificates.

Kidder said Hurst is a water safety instructor who can teach lifeguards.

He also is a CPR instructor and a first aid instructor.

Hurst is a college student.

Windows have been added to the Memorial Park concession stand and press box, Kidder said.

Exterior painting will wait for warmer weather, and some interior painting and work on the floor must be completed.

“It’s looking really nice,” she said.

The project, funded entirely by donations, was done by Park Board staff for about $3,000.

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