May 24

Southern Hills Pool to Delay Opening Until June 17th

Posted on May 24, 2019 at 1:06 PM by Danielle Richard

Due to construction delays caused by excessive rains this spring, Southern Hills pool will be
forced to delay opening to the public until Monday, June 17th.

Ongoing pool renovations include:
  • Removal of existing liner
  • Plaster repair work
  • Painting
  • Installation of new drain covers
All other SPAR pools will be open on Tuesday, June 4th as scheduled. For a listing of SPAR
pools and splash pads, go to and click on Aquatics.
May 24

Project Swim 2019

Posted on May 24, 2019 at 12:39 PM by Danielle Richard

Signup for Project Swim free swim lessons will be on Saturday, May 25th from 12:00 Noon to
6:00 PM at Rock Solid, located at 718 Professional Dr. North in Shreveport. The City of
Shreveport is partnering with Rock Solid to provide free swimming lessons.

Registration is required in order to participate and participants must register in person at Rock
Solid. Participants may only register for one session. Space is limited and is on a first-come,
first-served basis. Priority will be given to Shreveport residents.

Swimming lessons are free and available for any age. 1,100 spaces are available. Lessons begin
on June 3rd at area SPAR pools. Each session includes five, 70 minute lessons. Lessons are
guaranteed to have 8 participants to 1 staff ratio, with a goal of 6 participants to 1 staff.

What is Project Swim?
Project Swim began in 2011, following the drowning of six youths in Shreveport in 2010. Since the program’s inception, all surviving members of Warner and Stewart families, who lost family members in the 2010 incident, have learned to swim
The project is funded through a grant from the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. The Hertz
Foundation has underwritten the program since its inception, contributing more than $475,000.
These donations underwrite the cost of lifeguards and swim lessons. More than 14,000 Shreveport citizens have learned to swim through Project Swim. Evaluation improvement rate from the start of lessons to completion is 99.3%.

The number of African-American lifeguards at Rock Solid has increased from 8% of total staff
to 30% of total staff since 2011.

For additional information, call Rock Solid at (318)779-1451.
May 10

SPAR training program opens doors for clients to work

Posted on May 10, 2019 at 10:47 AM by Danielle Richard

A job-training program at SPAR's Princess Park Community Center is helping people with disabilities learn the skills needed to work at several local businesses.

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