Thousands of more dollars may be spent to patch up the Pelican Rapids city swimming pool, but it still may be mid-summer before it opens.

Photos of the drained pool, with cracks and crumbled concrete visible, were shared at the May 26 Pelican Rapids City Council meeting. Repairs are underway and could be completed in about to weeks.

But another unknown is the Minnesota governor’s decision on opening up public swim pools during the COVID-19 outbreak, noted Brian Olson, city public works superintendent.

Another problem: Lifeguard availability.

Many of the young adults the city usually hires for pool duty are filling their schedules with other part-time jobs, said Olson.

The city will be waiting for word from the governor’s office, probably within two weeks