Cleveland kicks off pool season with focus on summer safety

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CLEVELAND - Most schools are out for the summer, so in Cleveland, the pools are open.

The city kicked off pool season with a special focus on summer safety.

On Saturday, city leaders met to launch the 2016 safe summer initiative.

Mayor Frank Jackson introduced the crowd to the new water playground, complete with a spray basin that children and adults can enjoy together.

That`s not the only improvement, there are also new picnic tables, a horseshoe pit, walking track and a newer, bigger pool.

Councilman Jeff Johnson says the Duggan Park Pool, at the corner of Olympia and Avalon Roads, is one of 22 outdoor pools available to Cleveland residents, 18 more are indoor.

"This is an ability for us to take these young people so they don`t run around in the streets and get in trouble."

Police Chief Calvin Williams says his officers will maintain a presence at all city parks, pools and rec centers this summer to ensure everyone feels comfortable.

"Over the last couple of years we`ve been able to reduce significantly the number of incidents that happen in those locations, so we`re gonna keep doing that."