When City Manager Jon Crusey detailed a rather bleak year financially at the Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center, it came as no surprise.
Crusey review the 2013 Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center 2013 Season Summary with City Council during a Monday work session.
The weather this summer was “very uncooperative,” he said. The center was closed due to cool and/or wet weather a total of 16 days when partial days were added to full days. The city was reimbursed $22,225 by pool operator Dayton Pool Management for hours closed.
“We really didn’t have a whole lot of good days,” Crusey said.
The city ended up with a $92,077 general fund subsidy to the center, the largest subsidy since the center opened in 2005. The subsidy in 2012, a summer when hot weather negatively affected attendance, was $52,542.
Crusey said the average subsidy since the center opened is $37,000.
This summer’s attendance beat 2012’s record low since the opening with 27,939 this year compared to 39,363 last year. The average daily attendance was 337, another low.
Positive numbers for the year were the 271 swim lesson participants and the 60 dogs that participated in the annual dog day on the last day of the season.
Dayton Pool Management’s contract with the city to operate the pool expired in 2012 but the city accepted one of up to three one-year extensions of the contract.
Crusey asked council if it wanted to extend the contract another year for 2014 or issue a request for proposals from companies interested in running the pool by contract. The company has proposed a 2014 contract for 77 days of operation for $305,710. This year’s contract was $314,549 for an 84-day season.
Councilman Pat Hale questioned why the cost per day for 2014 was greater than that for this year. Councilman Joe Gibson asked if the company was open to talking or if the proposed contract was of the take it or leave it variety.
Crusey said the city could go back to Dayton Pool Management and ask to discuss the proposed price for next year or the next two years. Council supported that approach.
Other pool related information in the report showed concession revenue was the lowest since the center’s opening at $51,919.
A 2014 pool season was recommended as follows: opening Memorial Day Weekend, and then May 31-June 1 with daily opening June 7 through Aug. 17.
City administrators did not recommend any fee increases for 2014.
What People Ate at Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center Concessions 2013
(Source: Dayton Pool Management Season End Review Report)
Fox’s Pizza: 2,936 pieces
Hot Dogs: 1,629
Ice Cream: 3,625