Originally Published: May 15, 2009 11:41 p.m.
Chino Valley's swimming pool will be open daily from May 30-Aug. 3 with a higher admission charge.
Resident Cheyenne Wilson said, "I'm glad they were able to work something out to keep it open. I think their 50 cent raise on the admission charge is a reasonable amount to keep the pool open."
"We will probably use it as much as we did last year," she said.
Resident Tammy Ludwig is glad to hear the town raised the admission fees for children and adults by 50 cents.
"I know that's hard for some people but (50 cents is) less than a soda at the store, and I'm sure that people buy plenty of that, cigarettes, chew, or even beer. I'm not saying that everyone does buy those things, I'm just saying an extra 50 cents is not much for a day of fun for kids, and it's cheaper than driving them to Prescott or Prescott Valley to do something. I'd rather have my daughter going to the pool than have her sitting home in front of the TV," she said.
Ludwig said, "We bought a season pass for my daughter last year and will do so again this year."
The Chino Valley Town Council, at its budget session Tuesday, gave tentative approval to that proposal for the swimming pool.
On May 6, Jason Kelly, interim director of Parks, Recreation & Senior Services, asked the council if the pool should be open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for swimming lessons and public swimming or Tuesday through Sunday just for public swimming or Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
He also asked if the council thought the public would be willing to pay an additional 25 cents to get in the pool. This would take the admission fee from $2.50 to $2.75 for adults and from $1.50 to $1.75 for children, he said. Mayor Karen Fann asked residents to call Kelly or her and give their comments on both questions.
Kelly said about 35 residents gave their comments. "They support the rate increase and having the pool open longer," he said.
Therefore, he recommended keeping the pool open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an evening swim period from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays and raising admission 25 cents for adults and children.
Under his proposal, the pool will be open for public swimming, learn to swim lessons and aqua aerobics.
Councilman Jim Bunker Tuesday recommended raising the admission charges 50 cents, instead of 25 cents, to $2 for children, $3 for adults, and from $7 to $10 for families. The rest of the council agreed.
Kelly said the cost for learning to swim lessons will rise from $20 to $30, and aerobics will go from $25 to $35.
Kelly said he estimates it will cost $134,939 to keep the pool open with income of $40,240, for a total cost of $84,799.
"It is nice to see our residents realize the economics dictate if they get services," Kelly said.
Fann said if revenue is up Parks can use it to keep the pool open more.