Cooler Temps Leads to Less Money for Local Pools

Cooler Temps Leads to Less Money for Local Pools

A lot of you have been commenting about the "Fall-like" temperatures we've been feeling lately. This July has been the second coldest on record, and some seasonal businesses are being affected by the change in temps.
"The days and evenings have been chilly. So it's not really a fun time to go out and enjoy the sun in the water. Makes the kids cold and not want to be in the pool."
July is typically a month where you think of pools and splash pads, but as you drive around the surrounding area and Fort Wayne, a lot of the splash pads and pools are empty, or have very few visitors.

It's a sound of summer, kids splashing and playing in the pool...but not this summer. Mom Sharlotte Robinson explains, "The days and evenings have been chilly. So it's not really a fun time to go out and enjoy the sun in the water. Makes the kids cold and not want to be in the pool."

This is the second coldest July on record and area pools have been seeing the change in attendance. "Colder weather, we don't get as many swimmers. But I think our attendance is down, probably by a third, than it is in a normal, warm summer."

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Director Perry Ehresman says that a 33% drop equates to a large loss in cash...

"We generate typically around $100,000 a year with all of our pool operations. We're probably going to come in around 60 or 70 (thousand) this year."

The Fort Wayne Parks Department isn't the only pool being affected. The New Haven Jury Pool has also seen a drop.  Superintendent Mike Clendenen, "Revenue stream like this is very important to our other park operations, and losing that many in attendance does hurt. But we find a way to make things work like we always do, we just gotta tighten the belt."

While attendance is down, some moms like Cynthia Ellis, still bring their kids regardless of the cooler temps. "We're here all summer. No matter what the weather, even when there's a little bit of thunder, we just get fifteen minute rest breaks instead of the usual ten minute rest breaks."

Pools in the area are hoping that the next two weeks are hot and humid so that this pool season can end with a splash. 

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