Keeping Public Pools Open: Governor Polis, DOLA, and CDLE Announce Grantees of the Lifeguard Training Initiative

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

DENVER – Today, Governor Polis, the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced the awardees for the Lifeguard Training Initiative, part of the administration’s Pools Special Initiative, launched last summer. 

We are making a splash with this exciting support for lifeguards, part of our ongoing work to make sure that pools can safely open earlier, expand hours, and stay open longer this summer. We are thrilled that so many local governments across the state applied for this funding so that families, friends, and neighbors can dive right into the summer,” said Gov. Polis. 

The Lifeguard Training Initiative is part of the Polis administration’s ongoing work to make sure Colorado’s public pools have trained staff to open sooner and stay open longer. This initiative helps local governments to attract and retain public pool employees throughout the summer and ensure adequate staffing levels to keep pools open at maximum capacity.

Governor Polis announced this new initiative earlier this month at Northglenn Rec Center, joined by members of the administration, local officials, state lawmakers, and community members. 

The grantees are as follows: 


Amount Awarded

RainDance Metropolitan District No. 1


Town of Holly


St. Vrain Lakes Metropolitan District No. 1


Erie Highlands Metropolitan District No. 4


Bennett Park and Recreation District


Apex Park and Recreation District


City of Woodland Park


City of Commerce City


City of Thorton


City of Rocky Ford


City of Louisville 


City of Sterling


City of Craig


City of Aurora


Town of Castle Rock


City of Glenwood Springs


Carbon Valley Park and Recreation District


South Suburban Park and Recreation District


Thompson Rivers Parks & Recreation District


Evergreen Park & Recreation District


Town of Berthoud


City of Northglenn


Town of Parker


City of Loveland


Town of Johnstown


Town of Breckenridge


Widefield 3 School District


Montrose Recreation District


Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District


Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District


City of Fort Collins


City of Brighton


Columbine Knolls Grove Metropolitan Recreation District


City and County of Broomfield


City of Boulder


City of Fruita


Weld County School District RE-1


Mountain Recreation Metropolitan District


Foothills Park & Recreation District


Town of Windsor


Mount Vernon Country Club Metropolitan District


City of Manitou Springs


Fossil Ridge Metropolitan District No. 1


Chaparral Metropolitan District


Marvella Metropolitan District


City of Colorado Springs


In total, $258,000 in grant funding was available with a minimum request of $1,000 and a maximum request of $20,000. $257,800 was awarded and the remaining $200 will be available for supplemental funding to grantees.

The  Pools Special Initiative is a partnership with the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA and Colorado Workforce Development Council housed in CDLE utilizing statewide innovation funds through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity ACT (WIOA) and DOLA.

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