YMCA Executive Director Terry Gribble presented 2016 figures for the Heise Park Pool and the new Splash Park during City Council's meeting on Tuesday. The pool was open a total of 469 hours, more than 103 hours from last year.
“It was hot and it was humid…But that doesn’t always mean big revenues,” Gribble said.
The additional operating hours led to nearly $10,000 in additional staff wages, and by the mid-point of the season, pool pass purchases (which are the major revenue generator) decreased. Also, the Splash Park may have taken away some pool customers.
This year’s reimbursement that the city owes to the YMCA for pool operations is $14,125.
Councilwoman Shirley Clark asked about extending the season. She suggested adults could work as lifeguards after high school and college students go back to school.
Gribble said the YMCA did reach out to some adults this year, but none of them wanted to get certified as lifeguards. “We’d be happy to use adults next season if we can,” he said.
The Splash Park was a new feature that opened at East Park on July 8 and was free to use. The YMCA began tracking attendance on July 12, until it closed on Sept. 5. Gribble reported that 8,216 people visited the facility throughout the season.
Based on the attendance data provided, average daily usage was 239.9 people. Peak hours were 12:00-1:00 with an average of 38.7 people, and 1:00-2:00 with an average of 35.2 people. The highest reported daily attendance was 439 people on July 12.
“It was very well utilized,” Gribble commented. “I think we’ll be in good shape heading into next summer.”
However, he noted that attendance went down after the first day of school. Average daily attendance was 49.5 people from Aug. 24 through Sept. 5.
“I think the numbers speak for themselves. This project was a great idea,” Councilman Bill Comerford said.
The Splash Park was open a total of 359 hours. Reimbursement owed by the city for the YMCA staffing it was $5,392.