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Potterfield Pool rates may increase

February 19, 1997

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

Local swimmers might have to pay a tad more to use Hagerstown's Potterfield Pool this year to help reduce the city's subsidy for the Frederick Street pool.

Under proposed rate increases, students from kindergarten through 12th grade would pay $1.75, an increase of 25 cents over last summer's rates.

Adults would pay $2.25, also a quarter more than last year's $2 rate.

There is no proposed increase in the $1 rate for preschool children.

Pool officials also are proposing charging $1 a day for lounge chair rentals.

While city officials don't expect the pool to become self-sufficient, the rate increases could generate $4,865 more in revenue this year, said Doug Stull, Department of Public Works manager.

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The pool's expenses were $111,036 more than revenues in 1996, according to the department.

In 1995, expenditures were $98,603 more than revenues.

The pool's operating costs are subsidized by the city's general fund, Stull said.

Attendance at the pool dipped dramatically last year to 15,586 users, compared with 20,779 in 1995, according to the department.

One reason for the dip in attendance at the outdoor pool was bad weather, pool officials said.

Pool attendance also may have taken a dive because more people have their own pools, according to a report by pool officials.

To attract more people to the public pool and increase revenues, pool officials want to install a large water slide. The city already has $10,000 budgeted for a slide, but more will be needed to purchase a large slide, Stull said.

Another way to attract swimmers is to expand the hours and days the pool is open, pool officials said. During pool season, hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday.

City officials will discuss the proposed rate increases and hours again in March.

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