Rush City Aquatic Center Raising Prices

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 5:29 am

Swimming at the Rush City Aquatic Center will cost a little more this summer.  The Rush City Council was informed Monday that the cost is going up because attendance numbers the last two summers are down, while operation costs remain the same.  The decrease in attendance is blamed on higher gas prices in 2007 and 2008, meaning fewer swimmers from outside of the Rush City area.  Rush City Baseball Coach Bob Schlagel represented the Aquatic Center at Monday’s meeting.

Hear Schlagel’s Comments:

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Part of the increase includes a dollar more for single day admission, a ten-dollar increase for an individual season pass for those ages eight and under and 62 and above, and $15  more for those between the ages of nine and 61.  Council member Mick Louzek says despite the increases, he believes the pool is an essential part of the Rush City Community.

Louzek’s Comments:

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The pool will be open from 1 p.m. until 6:20 p.m., shorter hours from years past, which Schlagel says is another effort to keep costs down.

Maintenance is another reason for the increased prices.  Schlagel says two of the pools five strainers needed replacement.  They were replaced for $11,000.  He told the council that if one of the two go down, the pool would shut down for the summer.

Schlagel said the pool’s attendance may increase this summer, because the Summer Rec program is cutting back from four to three days.  The reason for the fewer days is fewer donations.  Schlagel told the council donations for the program are down from $13,000 – $14,000 dollar at this time last year, to just $2,000 this year.  He thinks this may mean those children will utilize the pool more.  Those in Summer Rec do get two free pool passes, and Schlagel believes this will help, because most kids bring friends.

Price Changes:

Swimming Lesson Prices

Lessons for District Residents from $33 to $35

Lessons for Non-District Residents from $38 to $40

Admission Prices

* If at the pool between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (allowed to stay until 6:20 p.m.)

Eight and under / 62 and up from $3 to $4

Nine to 61 from $6 to $7

Family Pass from $18 to $20

*If at the pool between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. (allowed to stay until 6:20 p.m.)

Eight and under / 62 and up from $2 to $3

Nine to 61 from $4 to $5

Family Pass from $12 to $14

Admission Punch Cards

Ages Nine to 61 (12 Individual Sessions) – from $60 to $70 (Receive two free sessions)

Ages Eight and under / 62 and up (12 Individual Sessions) – from $30 to $40.  (Receive two free sessions)

Passes

Individual Season Pass

Eight and under from $75 to $85

Nine to 61 from $135 to $150

62 and up from $75 to $85

Family Season Pass

Increase from $200 to $225

Private Rental

Increase from $60 to $70 per hour

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