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Archive for Saturday, May 24, 2008

Pool season, higher fees begin today

Lifeguards attend to a pretend drowning victim during a training session Friday at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky. From the right, Morgan Sherve and A.J. Mellott care for the victim. Friday's training was the last day of a weeklong refresher in preparation for the pool's opening today.

Lifeguards attend to a pretend drowning victim during a training session Friday at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky. From the right, Morgan Sherve and A.J. Mellott care for the victim. Friday's training was the last day of a weeklong refresher in preparation for the pool's opening today.

May 24, 2008

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Prepare to pay more to jump in the city's outdoor pool

Starting on Saturday, you'll be able to cool off at the city's outdoor pool - but it will cost a little more to take a dip. Enlarge video

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Even the kids have to deal with inflation this year.

As adults lament the rising price of gasoline, Lawrence youth - beginning today - will have to get used to higher outdoor swimming pool prices.

When the outdoor pool - 727 Ky. - opens at 1 p.m. today some fees will be more than $1 higher than a year ago.

"Our costs for operations are rising," said Ernie Shaw, interim director of parks and recreation. "Last year we saw costs rise faster than our revenues were able to keep up."

City commissioners approved the new fees last year as part of the 2008 budget process. But today's opening marks the first time the higher rates will be charged at the outdoor pool.

The biggest jump comes for children 5 to 12 years old. They'll now pay $3 to enter, up from $1.75 a year ago. Youth 13 to 17 years old also will pay $3, up from $2.50 a year ago. Senior citizen prices also increased from $2.50 to $3. Adult admission is now $4, up from $3.75.

The new fees have been charged at the city's Indoor Aquatic Center since Jan. 1. Jimmy Gibbs, the city's aquatic's manager said, the higher prices have not had a negative impact on attendance.

Shaw said his office also hasn't received many complaints.

"I think people realize they're still getting a pretty good deal," said Shaw.

The department also has promoted its annual and monthly passes and punch card systems that provide discounts from daily admission rates.

The Outdoor Aquatic Center will be open from 1 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. daily - except for reduced hours on July 4 - through Aug. 12. From Aug. 13 to Sept. 1, the pool will be open on a more limited basis.

Comments

Godot 6 years, 7 months ago

That one per cent addtional sales tax that was supposed to pay for the pool improvements was supposed to expire a couple of years ago; the commission decided to continue the extra sales tax, and still the pool is not breaking even.$4 to swim for a couple of hours, $.75 to ride the bus to get there. We taxpayers are subsidizing a whole lot of fun, but not essential, services... so much so that we are being asked to approve an additional .5 per cent sales tax to fund street repairs. Why do we have a heavily subsidized pool and an almost entirely subsidized bus system when we don't have decent streets?

Thats_messed_up 6 years, 7 months ago

Thats a lot of money to swim with pooping kids.

Kathy Gates 6 years, 7 months ago

This will not be right until they raise the fares on the "T" as well. They're balancing the budget on the backs of the kids!

Puff_Dragon 6 years, 7 months ago

Looks like a lot of 'experts' saving this guy. 'One of them appears to be giving Last Rites.

sissezz 6 years, 7 months ago

i hope they hire a few more lifeguards. Most of the kids are out of control at the pool. Fighting, sexual behavior that is down right x-rated and a ton of rude pre-teens!! A complete mess.

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