Park pool cuts swim rates for summer |

Park pool cuts swim rates for summer

Swim for less this summer at Memorial Park pool, with rates sinking to $2 for children and $3 for adults and seniors.

The pool will plunge into business on June 12. Hours will be noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, through Sept. 4. Friday Night Frolic hours will be announced later.

Grass Valley City Council members voted to reduce the fees at their regular meeting April 25 after two summers of higher rates – and lower pool attendance. They hoped the measure would make the city’s pool more competitive with the Pioneer Park pool in Nevada City, which charges slightly less for both children and adults.

Rates at the Memorial Park pool rose from 2002 to 2003, and attendance remained pretty much the same, with more than 9,400 visits to the pool in the summer of 2003.

But when rates rose again in 2004, to $3 for children and $4 for adults, attendance sank like a stone to about 5,500 people, according to a city report.

The pool took in nearly $26,700 in 2005, but cost the city more than $66,300 to operate. The fee decrease is projected to bring in nearly $29,500 in 2006 with an anticipated attendance boost.

“We knew there was a risk when we raised the rates,” city public works director Jeff Jewett told council members at a meeting last week. Then he recommended dropping the entry fee. “We think we’ll make 40 percent back (in attendance), and we’ll also earn more in concession sales.”

Friday Night Frolic will cost $2; children under 6 years will get in for free. Season passes for individuals and families are available. The facility is available for private pool and lawn parties. For more information, call 477-4650 or 274-4350.


To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail trinak@theunion .com or call 477-4231.

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