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City pools see rise in attendance

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A 'low-cost way to entertain' families

By Gina Clear

As the weather heats up, attendance at city pools is climbing.

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According to park and recreation officials in Elizabethtown and Radcliff, pool attendance is higher than this time last year.

“Attendance in the last couple of weeks has been very good, weekends especially,” said Jim Connelly, manager of Elizabethtown Swimming Pool at Amer­ican Legion Park. “The heat kind of brings them out.”

Lori Jury, Radcliff Parks and Recreation director, said not only is attendance high on the weekends, but it is above average on weekdays.

“We’ve been super busy on the weekends and we’ve been busy during the week,” she said. “Even though we’ve had a lot of overcast days, we’ve been busy.”

She said the attendance is a testament to families needing inexpensive summer fun.

“People need a low-cost way to entertain their family,” she said. “You can come in here and stay the whole day for $3 a person.”

Last year in June, the Elizabeth­town pool averaged $295 per day in admissions and is averaging $305 per day so far this month, according to Pritchard Community Center manager Pat Cardin. The pool charges $2 for each of its two sessions daily — noon to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for children 4 and younger.

Cardin said the rise in attendance surprised him because the city council originally announced the pool would not open this season to begin construction on a new pool.

“There was still a few people out there that didn’t know it was going to reopen,” he said.

Radcliff’s pool drew 900 the opening Memorial Day weekend and then attendance suffered when the temperature dropped. Now with temperatures steadily rising, attendance averages are back on par with last year.

“Last week caught us back up with our daily average,” Jury said.

The pool is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admis­sion is $3 per person. There is no charge for children 4 and younger or adults older than 65.

Both pools have seen a bump in swim-lesson attendance.

Jury said almost every session, with the exception of a couple age groups, are full for the summer. The staff offers eight sessions, two morning sessions and two evening sessions each month lasting two weeks each.

“The classes generally fill up pretty fast,” she said, but the full classes may be attributed to swim classes no longer being offered on Fort Knox.

The pool also has offerings for adults with water aerobic and aqua Zumba in the evenings, Jury said.

For the first time, Elizabethtown’s pool is holding its own swim lessons, Cardin said.

In previous years, the American Red Cross has offered the lessons, but this year the city assumed the responsibility. Swim instructors still are Red Cross certified, he said.

Although the pool had to double staffing this year for the lessons, Car­din said the city now is making money from them.

Cardin said he expects attendance for lessons to exceed last year, because money totals are $2,000 less than last year’s intake with one session remaining. Sign ups begin Thursday and classes begin July 7. Lessons are $65.

Gina Clear can be reached at 270-505-1746 or gclear@thenewsenterprise.com.


For more information

Elizabethtown Swimming Pool at American Legion Park
Call for lesson availability
270-765-5551
Admission: $2 per session per person, children 4 and younger free
Pool hours:
Noon to 3 p.m., 3:30 to
6:30 p.m. daily

Radcliff City Pool
Call for lesson availability
270-351-4079 or 270-351-4494
Admission: $3 per person, children 4 and younger and adults over the age of 65 are free
Pool hours:
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday
1 to 5 p.m. Sunday