It’s hoped slashed fees will make a splash with Lumby residents.
The White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee is reducing discounted early bird passes for the outdoor pool by 50 per cent.
“Existing rates are somewhat excessive and we want to increase usage,” said Rick Fairbairn, chairperson.
Currently, an early bird season pass for a family is $270 and it’s $135 for an individual.
Last year, only three family passes were sold.
Director Randal Ostafichuk believes there is a need to encourage more people to use the pool, and decreasing fees by 50 per cent doesn’t impact expenses.
“The cost to operate is the same whether there are three people or 100 people in the pool. You still need lifeguards and the pumps have to run,” he said.
In related news, it’s anticipated that the new children’s spray park could open next week in Oval Park. At the latest, it will be ready by Lumby Days June 7.
“We are getting a tremendous amount of feedback from residents about this,” said Fairbairn, adding that the facility will enhance the pool’s offerings.
“Parents can take their toddlers into the spray park and the older kids can go into the pool.”