Nonprofit’s change may mean fee raise
A swim at Memorial Park Pool in Grass Valley could cost more this summer.
The Grass Valley City Council on Tuesday voted to consider increasing entry fees by 50 cents and spending $31,000 to staff the pool from June 10 through Labor Day weekend.
Adults could pay $2.50 to swim; children under the age of 18 could pay $2.
The city has to increase the fees in part because the nonprofit organization that has operated the pool from Memorial Day to Labor Day for eight years decided to call it quits earlier this month.
This means the city will have to hire its own lifeguards, manager and assistant manager by June 10. It already spends more than $20,000 a year to maintain the pool.
Dr. Peter Callaham, president of the Penguin Swim Team, announced in a letter to the city dated March 18 that his organization can no longer operate the pool during the summer.
Callaham cited the time commitment the operation of the pool required and the small financial rewards it provided. In addition, the person who managed the pool last summer has decided not to work this year.
The city will also have to write a contract with the Orcas Swim Team, which organizes recreational swimming programs at the pool each summer.
Betty Fisher, a representative of the Orcas, said before the meeting her group needs a suitable pool to operate its swimming programs. Nevada City’s pool is too shallow at one end, she said.
The pool manager the city would hire could also operate the concession stand at the facility, a city report said. The manager would operate the stand for a flat franchise fee of $500, the report said.
The Orcas Swim Team has organized programs for as many as 200 children.
A public hearing on the entry fee increases has yet to be scheduled.
Anyone interested in a lifeguard job at Memorial Park Pool this summer should contact Sandy “Jake” Jacobson, Grass Valley city parks and recreation coordinator, at 274-4322.
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