1. The CA operates 23 pools. No, they didn’t open last year, a decision which needed to be made in late March/early April, when the coronavirus was red-hot and rising. Unlike other community pools with one facility that could turn around staffing and training quickly, this wasn’t possible with 23 independent facilities, mostly staffed by teenagers and trained entirely by CA aquatics. A tough decision, yes. In fact, even with 15 pools opening this summer, the CA is struggling to find enough lifeguards to work this summer. Parents are keeping their kids home and teachers (who often fill summer jobs) need a break. The CA has no plans to shutter any of the 23 pools in Columbia at this time and is working tirelessly to maintain each and every neighborhood pool for future use.