WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– The Aquatics Division of Winston-Salem’s Parks and Recreation Department says attendance at the city’s seven pools is down by more than 8,000 people compared to this time last year.
Dick Butler, Aquatics Director, says the weather is to blame. He’s reduced pool admission rates to just $1 in an effort to get more people swimming.
Melissa Trent, Bolton Pool Manager, said her pool is normally the busiest in the city, averaging 300 to 400 people a day, but this year daily averages are around 100 swimmers.
“It is a little boring and we have to keep staff stimulated by doing in service training and cleaning. I think it’s sad, I want to see people out here I want to see water going crazy and people having a good time,” said Trent.
Matt Tamer, Assistant Aquatics Director, said even with small crowds the staff is staying busy with cleaning and training duties.
“We’ve had a lot of rain and a lot of storms and with storms comes balancing your PH and making sure have chlorine in the water. Meanwhile, if it’s not thundering and we can get in water, we can do in service training, practice our rescues and make sure we are doing the best job we can for when we do have people,” said Tamer.
City officials say the $1 dollar admission price lasts through Labor Day weekend which is the closing weekend for most city pools.