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Too expensive to operate? Cost increases could drain swimming pool

Significant increases in the cost of operating Thompson Park pool over the past three years have the Northern Wasco County Park and Recreation district board questioning if continued operation of the aging pool remains viable.

The district has always subsidized the pool, noted Executive Director Scott Green, but costs have escalated. In 2011, the district ran a pool deficit of over $40,000. In 2012, that deficit increased to over $69,000. This year, the deficit ballooned to over $81,000, double the 2011 amount.

“We need to look at whether or not we can afford to operate this pool,” Green said.

The increasing cost of operating the pool is related to the age and condition of the pool and related equipment, but is not related to the annual inspection evaluating the structural safety of the pool. That inspection is done each spring, prior to opening the pool for the summer. The cost increase is due primarily to the constant need for facility maintenance, noted Green.

The board will take up the issue during its regular October board meeting.

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