The beach at Cane Creek Park is opening later than expected this year due to a shortage of available lifeguards. The day-use beach will open June 14 with a modified schedule, rather than Memorial Day weekend.

The decision to postpone the opening of the beach was made to prioritize the safety of visitors, as having an adequate number of trained lifeguards is essential for ensuring a safe swimming environment. Parks & Recreation leaders are taking proactive steps to address the lifeguard shortage. “We are actively seeking individuals who are committed to ensuring the well-being of our beachgoers,” said Parks & Recreation director Jim Chaffin. “Lifeguards play a crucial role in creating a safe environment, and we need your help.” To incentivize potential candidates, lifeguards will receive full reimbursement for their lifeguard certificate. Additionally, if they commit to staying employed through Labor Day weekend, they will receive a $200 bonus. This compensation package aims to encourage individuals to join the lifeguard team. Interested individuals can apply online. The beach will have a modified schedule and will be open Wednesdays through Fridays, from 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Capacity is limited and visitors must follow posted rules. The beach in the campground area will remain closed until further notice.