May 29, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Council Lunch Summary May 29, 2012

Director of Parks Bob Belote and Aquatics Coordinator Mark Baker provided City Council with an update on pool improvements, including the recent re-opening of Westport Pool on the City's north side.

Bucking a national trend, where many pools are closing doing to budget constraints, Belote announced a nearly 50-percent increase in pool hours this year, with at least three outdoor pools open each day of the week, and every pool open six days a week. Maintenance days formerly scheduled on Mondays have been staggered throughout the week, and all outdoor pools are open Thursdaythrough Sunday.

"We have completely restored and expanded our pool hours since reductions were made in 2008, and this year we're open more than ever before," said Marc Baker, Aquatics Supervisor for the Park Board. "We were able to extend hours without raising admission prices, which have remained the same since 2009."

Daily admission remains $2.25 for youth and seniors, $2.75 for adults, the same price since 2009. Discount coupon books and all-season pool passes are also available. Also new this year, regular outdoor pool admission prices apply to the indoor Chesterfield Aquatics Center, 1-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Splash 'n Sizzle events return to Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, plus weekend evenings in July, with $1 admission, or free admission with a canned food item donated to Ozarks Food Harvest. Free swim days are also scheduled for select Thursday mornings.

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