Park district electrical outage causes confusion at Oak Park pools

A “perfect storm” of independent coincidences and extreme heat left many Oak Park residents believing that the Park District of Oak Park had to close pools due to overcrowding this past week. Rumors swirled that overheated youths stormed the pool at Rehm Park. That did not happen.

That did, however, happen at the Forest Park pool last Tuesday evening. About 40 to 50 kids pushed past the pool’s front entrance and 60 youths scaled the pool fences, following a mass invitation circulated on Snap Chat to meet there, according to a statement from Forest Park Mayor Rory Hoskins.

While the two Oak Park pools did reach capacity each day of the heatwave, neither were closed. A brief relative electrical outage that began late Wednesday at the main park district building on Madison Street seems to have caused Oak Parkers to confuse what happened in Forest Park as having occurred at Rehm pool.

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