Shortened Season Should Lower Costs Of Operating New Pool At Colonial
Early estimates for the Colonial Park pool operating budget are more than $100,000 a year less than the current budget despite an increased number of lifeguards needed. The decrease in cost is due to the fact that the pool, currently open year-round, is proposed to be open only five moths out of the year.
Parks and Recreation Director Tim O’Connor says the budget is “very, very preliminary” and cannot be finalized until the pool design and water play elements have been finalized, as well as the season and hours of operation.
The current operating cost of the pool is $338,020.00 annually. The preliminary estimate has the cost at $215,665.00 annually. The bulk of savings comes from personnel expenses, estimated to go from the current $264,980.00 to $160,000.00.
Although the pool design recently approved by West U. City Council requires an estimated minimum of six lifeguards, and could require as many as nine during special events, the shortened season will lower costs.
O’Connor told council that user fees cannot be established until he has direction from council ofnwhether the pool is expected to generate money, break even or be subsidized by the city.