Community parents shaken after boy, 4, drowns in Glenview public pool
The young father peered through the tall black metal fencing around Roosevelt Pool in Glenview.
On a hot, muggy Saturday afternoon in mid-June, the park district aqua center should have been filled with summer-crazed children, swimming, laughing and splashing in glistening blue water.
But the half-circle pool surrounded by pine trees and flowering shrubs was silent, closed since a 4-year-old boy was pulled Friday unresponsive from the water.
“We lost one,” said Joe Conlon, whose two children, ages 3 and 5, both use the pool at 2239 Fir St.
Lifeguards took Vincente Cardenas of 2387 Chestnut Ave. from the pool at 2:35 p.m. and tried to resuscitate him.
The Glenview Fire Department rushed the boy to Glenbrook Hospital, but he was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m.
At the boy’s home in The Glen, a young girl answered the door Saturday afternoon, but would not answer questions. A man and a woman also drove up in a van and entered the two-story house, yet they also would not comment.
At the pool, Conlon said the facility is “extremely well run. The lifeguard chairs are always filled with people just watching the water.”
Conlon also explained a red and blue line on the pool’s floor divided the deep and shallow ends for swimmers to see.
“The line is clear and easy to understand for kids. There must be 20 lifeguards here,” he said.
He noted dozens of life jackets sitting atop an inner fence.
“Most kids use them who aren’t able to swim,” said Conlon.
A little league baseball coach, Conlon was waiting for a summer storm to pass over Roosevelt Park’s four baseball diamonds.
Visibly shaken when asked, several parents watching a 6-year-old T-Ball game would not discuss the incident.
“It’s gut-wrenching,” said a coach between innings.
“We are all very saddened, and our thoughts and prayers go out to this little boy’s family,” said Chuck Balling, park district executive director, in a written statement.
“This is a tragedy for the family and for the entire community.”
Roosevelt Pool was closed immediately after the incident and remained closed Saturday while Glenview police completed an investigation.
Two bicyclists read the closed signs outside the pools main entrance.
When told of the fatality, the man said, “When you think about it, this doesn’t happen very much considering how many kids use public pools all summer.”