Many say this has been a picture perfect summer weather wise

Many say this has been a picture perfect summer weather wise

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NORMAL, Ill. (HOI) -- -

You could say this has been a picture perfect summer weather wise when it comes to spending the day at the pool. 

At the Fairview pool in Normal it hasn't been exactly a typical pool season. 

A classic day at the pool usually involves splashing around in the water, a few dives here and there and of course, water slides. 

For a mother of six, what better way to spend your hot summer days?

"everyday, that's what they wanna do in the summer, they wanna come to the swimming pool," said Nicole Sniff of Normal.  

But this summer the Fairview pool in Normal has had a lifeguard shortage and because of that they had to close some of their most popular attractions. 

"we haven't necessarily been able to keep all the facilities and amenities open to our expectations. So we felt like one way to make up for that is roll back prices for the month of August" said Doug Damery, the Parks and Recreation director. 

For example, their most popular attraction, the water slides, had to be closed.

The slides have been closed on and off. It's a day to day decision based on how many of their lifeguards can be in. They require four lifeguards, plus additional staff.

Although it was a disappointment for some families, one mom says she'd rather be safe than sorry.

"I think it's awesome that they take our kids needs and they take care of them. I really might put a damper on it, but I'd rather see my kids safe," said Nicole Sniff of Normal.  

The pool is hoping to avoid a repeat of this problem next summer.

So they've already started their search for lifeguards for 2018.

If you're interested, lifeguards there start at $9.25 an hour. 

If the slides are a make or break for a pool day, you can always call the rec center to see if they have them open that day. 

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