Rainfall, Storms Affecting KY Pools

Reported by: Amanda Stevenson
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Updated: 7/09/2013 7:26 pm
The recent, persistent rainfall and storms seen throughout central Kentucky haven't boded well for local pools.

The Fayette County Parks and Rec department said in June alone, they've had 20,000 fewer visits.

At the Winchester YMCA, its CEO, Michael Haynes, said the lack of business means taking some cuts with staffing.

It could also mean increased prices for programs later in the year.

"You're roughly at about a thousand dollars each day to generate a pool like this," said Haynes, referring to the cost of running the pool--rain or shine, "Anything that affects the attendance and the numbers...that's gonna affect the income."

Haynes said there have been multiple times he's had to shut down the pool, or else send lifeguards home because of lack of business.

Alex Lewis is one such worker.

"Being a college student, it's really tough," said the Morehead State University student, "The other head guard and I were about to get a pay bump...and then all this weather happened."

However, that doesn't mean that every pool is affected.

"If it's raining a lot, some people won't even attempt to go to an outdoor pool. They'll just come here," said Clark County Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Lewis, referring to the county recreation center's indoor pool.

But the lifeguard said a place to swim means taking some losses.

"Working at a pool...you just have to expect things like that," said Lewis.




  Lewis: it's definitely been a struggle here recently with all the rain and the pool closing.
  ALEX LEWIS IS A LIFE GUARD AT THE WINCHESTER 'Y'.
  Lewis: Being a college student.. It's been really tough.
(nat: whistle)
  TOUGH.. BECAUSE THE POOL.. HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO GIVE ITS LIFE GUARDS.. MUCH WORK.
  Haynes: Sometimes, they'll show up in the morning and then be sent home.
  MICHAEL HAYNES IS THE C-E-O.. AND SAYS RUNNING THE POOL.. IS COSTLY.
  Haynes: You're roughly at about a thousand dollars each day to generate a pool like this.
  WHEN IT RAINS.. IT POURS.
  Haynes: Anything that affects the attendance and the numbers.. That's gonna affect the income.
   AND HERE ARE THE RAINFALL NUMBERS TO BACK THAT UP. 
  ALREADY IN JULY.. WE'VE SEEN NEARLY FOUR-AND-A-HALF INCHES.. COMPARED TO LAST YEAR'S POINT-*TEN*.
  SINCE JUNE.. NEARLY *TWELVE*.. COMPARED TO LAST YEAR'S BARELY *2*.
  AND SO FAR THIS YEAR.. 33-POINT-SEVEN-THREE.. NEARLY TWICE WHAT WE HAD LAST YEAR.
(nat: kids)
  Lewis: It's kind of upsetting.. Just because I really need the money.
(nat: splash)
  Lewis: The other head guard and I were about to get a pay bump.. And then all this weather happened.
  RAIN DOESN'T AFFECT *EVERY* POOL.  LIKE HERE AT THE CLARK COUNTY RECREATION CENTER.
  Jeff L: If it's raining a lot.. Some people won't even attempt to go to an outdoor pool.. They'll just come here.
    BUT THE "Y" DOESN'T HAVE THAT OPTION...SO SMALL CROWDS NOW COULD AFFECT TICKET PRICES FOR LATER PROGRAMS.
  Haynes: those fees are dictated by how we're doing on cash flow.
  BUT LEWIS SAYS.. A PLACE TO SWIM.. MEANS TAKING *SOME* LOSSES.
  Lewis: working at a pool.. You just have to expect things like that.

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