Dededo Pool reopens

Swimmers getting ready for their 50yd Freestyle Heat in the 8U division at the Hagatna Swimming Pool.

Guam – If you do not have any plans for spring break, the Dededo Pool is now open!

The Department of Parks and Recreation cut the ribbon for the grand reopening of the Dededo Pool earlier at noon Thursday.

The pool was temporarily shut down for maintenance and repairs in October 2017, according to a press release issued by the Office of the Governor.

The Dededo Pool, which is one of the only two public pools on Guam, has served as a place where families could have fun and cool off. The pool also has a slide, which also has been reopened.

“The vice mayor and I look at this place and we see how many people, how many families come to this facility when it is open. The great plus about this ribbon cutting is that the slide is also working. In the past, we didn’t have a lifeguard who could man the top, so the families couldn’t use that slide,” said Melissa Savares, the mayor of Dededo.
Parks and Recreation Director Richard Ibanez was also excited about the facility’s reopening.

“One of the goals was to open the Dededo Pool. Every night I would sleep and I would just think about water. Now, we have too much water and I’m really happy. I could go to sleep tonight. And of course, my work is not done. We still have the other pool to open up and other issues that DPR has to tackle. Now, I’m proud to say that with all of the hard work, Dededo Pool is now open,” Ibanez said.

According to Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio, who attended the reopening, additional lifeguards for the Dededo Pool will be hired and plans to open the Agana Pool will be underway.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.