Sounds like the swimming pool hours have been shortened for 2013. CiCo Pool is only to be open until 6 p.m. Many folks are barely home from work by then. Will these shortened hours have a negative effect on revenue? I do believe the rates were raised for 2013 over 2012. Higher costs and less hours to swim???
It also appears the pools still plan to close in early August. Repeatedly, we’ve heard the City Commission suggest the pools need to be open longer. The recently departed P&R Director promised The Marlins would assist with life-guard duties as payment in kind so the pools could stay open later into August. Evidently that didn’t happen.
Interesting that some of the monied of the community want the taxpayers to spring for a multi-million dollar recreational facility for their kids to use. We can’t even staff local swimming pools. The “Fieldhouse” project proposes to be there for area youth from JC, Wamego, etc. I don’t believe a significant number of these “important” folk will volunteer time to staff such a facility. Would they suggest just closing down the local swimming pools so those staff people could operate the new facility??
We build it. We promise the facilities will be self-supporting and not be a drain on the citizens at large. Then we raise fees and cut hours so when utilization drops the Parks & Rec can demand more money for staffing… at taxpayer expense. So, let’s build an even bigger boondoggle that will cater to the elite so we can open another “black hole” to dump tax dollars into.
I only hope the search for a new Parks & Rec Director brings someone to Manhattan with some common sense relative to efficiencies of operations… not someone who believes ALL taxpayers should fund the extravagances of a few “special” people.