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Summer's last splash

Area pools report good summer as season ends

Area pools report good summer as season ends

September 04, 2007|By TAMELA BAKER

TRI-STATE - Though not a regular at the Claude M. Potterfield Pool, Hagerstown resident Casey Williams decided to take her daughters, Alexis Dawson, 4, and Emily Brubeck, 2, for a last dip Monday, the last day the pool was open to the public this season.

Alexis often went swimming with her grandmother, Williams said. But for Williams, Monday's outing was a way of "just enjoying my holiday."

Both the Potterfield pool and the pool at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway enjoyed an attendance bump Monday, with swimmers arriving who usually frequented other public pools that already had closed.

"We have a lot of new people today," said Betty Myers, whose husband, Bob, is manager of the Halfway pool. She noted that the Williamsport pool had closed. And she suspected some folks who had come to the park for the opening day of the Washington County Junior Football League decided to take advantage of the pool as well.

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This summer's warm weather contributed to good attendance for the season, area pool managers said.

"We've had a good summer. It's been a hot, dry summer," said Steve Catlett, executive director of Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation in West Virginia. And when all the attendance numbers are tallied, he said, "I think it will be comparable to last year."

His department oversees two public swimming pools, and one closed in early August. The Lambert Park pool closed because staff members were heading back to college, and attendance was declining, he said. Lambert remained open for parties, however.

Monday was the last day for the War Memorial Park pool in Martinsburg.

"I look forward to getting through the summer and having a safe summer," Catlett said. "It's been a good year for us."

At Northside Pool in Waynesboro, Pa., attendance exceeded expectations this summer.

"Our end of July numbers were above projections," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said. "I would think we were going to finish ahead of last year."

He already was preparing for next year.

"We will have memberships for the 2008 season for sale in time for Christmas gifts," he said.

At the Potterfield pool, "we had a pretty normal summer," Assistant Manager Mark Noll said. Because of the dry weather, "we had a lot of pool evaporation" - which can raise the expense of keeping the pool filled and break down the chemicals in the water, he said. But the sky opened up last month before it caused a major problem, he said.

Over in Halfway, "we had a pretty good crowd for the last day of the season," Bob Myers said. "Last year, it rained for two of the three days" of the holiday weekend, he recalled.

This season, he predicted, "will be one of the top seasons so far."

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