The city pool at Edith Sampson Playground in the Desire neighborhood was open for less than a day before a threat of violence against female lifeguards prompted officials to shut it down temporarily. 

City officials said a group of swimmers repeatedly broke the rules by diving into the water head-first on Friday, the day the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission's 15 public pools opened for the summer.

The lifeguards eventually told the group to leave, city spokeswoman Erin Burns said. As they left, she said, at least one "threatened to come back and harm the lifeguards." 

People who were at the pool that day said the threatened lifeguards were young women. Those breaking the rules were young men, they said. 

The pool, in the 3200 block of Treasure Street, was closed after that for "the safety of both staff and patrons" and didn't reopen until Tuesday, Burns said. That meant the pool was shut down Saturday and Monday since it is normally closed on Sundays. 

Burns said guests were told they could visit the nearest city pool, at the Andrew P. Sanchez Center in the 1600 block of Caffin Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward, during the closure. She added that the lifeguards at Sampson were reassigned to other city pools and did not lose any scheduled work hours.

The city didn't provide any more details on the incident. But violence has hit that site in the past. 

Investigators believed a 15-year-old boy was fatally shot in 2012 because his attackers didn't like to see him playing basketball at Sampson. That boy's girlfriend was fatally shot two days later.

Sampson was also the disbanding point for a 2015 second-line whose unauthorized after-party was held at Bunny Friend Park about a mile away. That day, 17 people were wounded in a hail of gunfire at Bunny Friend in one of the most notorious incidents in New Orleans that year. 

Follow Ramon Antonio Vargas on Twitter, @RVargasAdvocate.

(504) 636-7433