Council increases pool fees to offset maintenance costs
Increase of up to two dollars per visit will generate an extra $16,700
–The Paso Robles City Council on Tuesday unanimously moved to increase entry fees to the Municipal and Centennial pools to five dollars per person for a single visit and $45 for a 10 visit pass. This is an increase of two dollars for a single, $17 for 10 passes and it is estimated to generate $16,700 in additional revenue.
Groups eligible for a 100 visit pass for their summer programs such as the Paso Robles Boys & Girls Club, Paso Robles Youth Development and Enrichment program (PRYDE), Paso Robles Housing Authority Youth Group, and the YMCA will have their fees increased to $357.
City Director of Library and Recreation Services Julie Dahlen said daily rates are significantly lower than those at other comparable aquatics facilities in the area and have not been increased for at least 10 years. “Revenues collected will partially offset the approximate $375,000 annual maintenance and operational costs of both public pools,” she said.
The Centennial Pool will reopen in May 2016, on Apr. 5 council approved the transfer of $70,000 to replace the pool’s damaged coping. In 2008, the recession forced the city to close Centennial Pool to save costs, and it has been closed since. In 2015, the Paso Robles City Council directed city staff to find a way to re-open the pool for the 2016 swim season. They voted to spend more than $500,000 to bring the facility into compliance with current ADA requirements and other repairs.
On Apr. 30, the city’s first Mayor’s Fundraiser event will be staged at Centennial Park to help offset the costs of reopening the pool. “Everyone in the Pool” is a friendly and fun island themed evening event with food, beverages, entertainment and silent auctions. Everyone will have the opportunity to contribute to the pool fund, from the most modest individual donation to the larger corporate sponsors. Major sponsors will be commemorated with special “lifesaver” signage that will remain on display every summer.
Current fees for open swim at Municipal and Centennial Pools are $3 each; $28 for 10 passes and $215 for a 100 passes for the Boys & Girls Club, PRYDE, Housing Authority Youth, and the YMCA.