Despite a wet and cool June, the Elm Grove Pool saw an increase in the month's attendance over last year, thanks, in part, to high temperatures during the last week of the month.
On June 23, 442 people visited the pool, and the next day brought 407 swimmers.
In June 2006, 2007 and 2008, there were days that brought more than 350 people to the pool, but none that saw more than 400.
The pool's capacity of 225 people was reached June 23, Recreation Director Amy Jeske said.
"We had to start a line, so as people left we let more people go in," she said. "I have not seen that in a couple of years."
Daily pool attendance averaged 182 people this month. Last June, attendance averaged 149 people per day. The pool was open for 22 days of the month both years.
With attendance up and participation in swim team and swim lessons on par with 2008, Jeske expects the pool will meet its budget.
"I think we'll be right on track," she said.
Pool fees did go up this year: daily admission changed from $3 to $3.75 a day, and yearly passes increased from $175 to $199.
"We are trying to cover more of the expenses of the pool," Jeske said, noting it takes energy to heat the pool and filter the water, and chemicals to treat the water.
The pool season ends Aug. 23. Jeske said discounted pool passes likely will be available the last week of July.
BY THE NUMBERS
Average daily pool attendance for June
2009, open 22 days
2008, open 22 days
2007, open 22 days
2006, open 19 days
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Swimming at Elm Grove Pool, 13600 Juneau Blvd.
HOURS OF OPERATIONS: 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. hours on Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday
COST: $3.75 for resident daily admission, $5.50 for nonresidents; children 3 and younger get in free
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