Swimmers May Pay More For Pool Time This Summer

SPOKANE — The Spokane Park Board is considering a proposal that would extend their city pool hours, but add more fees for swimmers.

In the first of two meetings Tuesday night, the Parks Board heard public comment on a proposed fee raise, which would charge kids, ages three to 17, a $2.50 fee and adults a $5.00 fee to swim during certain hours. Kids, age three and under, would still be free to swim at all times.

Under the proposal, children 17 and younger would swim for free during open swim from 2:00pm to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, 3:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturday, and 3:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday

Children would have to pay during family swim sessions and a second open swim from 12:00pm-2:00pm Monday thru Friday, 1:00pm-3:00pm Saturday, and 1:00-3:00pm on Sunday.

Adult prices would more than double from $2.00 per session to $5.00 per session under the proposal.

The new pools would increase hours of operation from 31 hours per week in 2008, to 44 hours per week in 2009. The hours will now be 12:00pm-8:00pm Monday through Friday, 1:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00pm on Sunday.

Three members of the public attended Tuesday night’s meeting. There will be another public meeting held on Wednesday March 11th at 6:30pm. 

The proposal still must be approved by the Park Board before it goes into effect.