Chilly July hurts pool attendance

South Bend, Ind. July's unseasonably cool temperatures have been putting a dent in pool attendance this year.

South Bend Parks and Recreation says the number of swimmers is down about 30 percent this year and there was a noticeable drop from June to July.

"We've been down,' said Aquatic Supervisor Abigail Haugh of South Bend Parks and Recreation."It has been a little colder, but we still have people that come out no matter what."

On a few occasions this summer, the pool has had to close down because of the chilly weather and lack of swimmers.

But no matter the numbers, Potawatomi Park Pool stays fully staffed with 7 life guards, which can sometimes mean 2 lifeguards to every swimmer.

"Actually 3 or 4 guards to a person at times," said lifeguard Ana Medina. "Yeah we always have a guard at all stations even if we only have two people in the pool on one day."

The pool took a hit from the July 1 storm that rolled through Michiana as well.

'We did not open for two days and that was due to storm damage," Haugh said. "We didn't have electricity so the pool didn't filter correctly."

But swimmers like Lana Jaroszewsky still come out in the 60 and 70 degree temperatures for their daily dose of morning water aerobics.

"It takes about 30 seconds to get used to the water," Jarozewsky said. "And you scream and you just have to put your arms in."

While the weather has cut into pool revenue, Haugh says other water facilities are helping make up the difference.

"The East Race has a bunch of people -- the daycares are always coming," she said. "Everyone's going to always want to be at a pool in the summer so we've just gotta stay here and people will come."


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