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A cool and costly summer for area pools


by John Wilmer

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - An unseasonably cool July has area pools hoping for warmer weather. During the month of July, The Falls Aquatic Center in Cedar Falls saw 13,000 fewer customers than the previous July, which means less revenue for the city.

It hasn't been a typical Iowa summer, hot, humid, and searching for relief. Many parents didn't make The Falls their summer destination with the average temperature staying in low 70's most of July.                       

"The attendance this past month was 31,000 people versus last year during the month of July we had about 44,000 people," said Recreation Division Manager, Bruce Verink.

A number of pools are looking to extend their hours and push back their closing dates, but that isn't possible at The Falls. A number of the lifeguards and staff are college students and need to get back to school.

"Once that starts it really makes it tough to put together a staff of 20 people that we need to keep the facility open to the public," said Verink.

Verink also says he's hoping to make up some of that money this weekend.

"We have extra staff coming in, extra concession workers, a couple of people actually walking the grounds to help the public out and make sure rules are being followed. We're providing a safe environment so come out and enjoy what we have to offer."

The maximum number of people The Falls Aquatic Center can handle at one time is 5,000. This year the most that have taken the plunge is around 4,000.

The Falls will be closing on August 25th, but will be open on the 26th for the annual doggie dip.


Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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