Input sought on closing of PTC pool

Fri, 07/18/2008 - 3:14pm
By: The Citizen

Cost cutting measures also to be considered for Clover Reach pool

Citizens are being invited to voice their opinion about the possible closing of Peachtree City’s smallest pool.

Comments about the Clover Reach pool will be accepted at a meeting Monday night of the Peachtree City Recreation Commission. The meeting, at City Hall, begins at 6:30 p.m.

The City Council has asked the commission and recreation staff to consider closing the pool as a cost-saving measure or look for other options to reduce or eliminate the cost of operating the pool, officials said.

The Clover Reach pool is located in a cul de sac at the end of Sweetgum Road near Kelly Drive. It is open for eight weeks in the summer, the same as the Glenloch and Pebblepocket pools.

It costs approximately $22,000 per year to operate the pool during its 8 week open season and about $4,000 in revenue is brought in by using the pool for classes, swim instruction, and daily swim passes.

The pool is also used for overflow summer camps that arrive unannounced at the Kedron pool during heavy use times. It also serves as a back up pool when other pools have to be closed due to contamination.

The Clover Reach pool was initially owned by the subdivision homeowners association, which has since become inactive after the subdivisions covenants expired, officials said. The pool was turned over to the city more than 20 years ago.

The public is encouraged to attend the workshop and voice their opinion, which will be weighed in as the staff and commission determine what their recommendation to city council will be.

For more information contact the Recreation Department at 770-631-2542.

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Submitted by ostarvic on Tue, 07/22/2008 - 10:41pm.

The pool hours are too short. It is only open 2:30-6:30 Mon-Fri, and 1:00-6:00 Sat & Sun. The life guards are often late. Not to mention their constant nagging! There aren't any chairs, and no shade. The water fountain doesn't work, yet, no drinks are allowed in the pool area. Last year my 18 month old couldn't wear a swimsuit that had a built-in flotation device. Come on??? She was a baby. I could go on and on. I really hate I couldn't make it to the meeting. I would like to thank Mr. Lorenzo for taking the time to send a letter regarding the matter at hand to EVERY house in Clover Reach. I hope that many of our neighbors attended the meeting. If anyone has an update....please post it!

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Submitted by Evil Elvis on Fri, 07/18/2008 - 11:59pm.

It's only open three months out of the year.

I'd like to know what makes up that 22k.

The pool averages between 62 and 70 operating days per year. It really takes $330+ per operating day to run that pool?

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Sat, 07/19/2008 - 7:06am.

I'd imagine the biggest expense is liability insurance, something that has to be kept even when the pool is not in use.

Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 10:42am.

Lots of things come into play.

Submitted by loveptc on Sat, 07/19/2008 - 7:25am.

I've lived here for almost 20 years, and didn't even know this pool existed! I cannot even find info on it on the PTC website.

Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 10:42am.

look here. I'm sure it's referenced in the recreation handbook that comes out quarterly too.

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