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Spokane Park Board holds public hearing on swim fee proposal

Workers pouring concrete to form the deep end of Shadle Pool. Courtesy Spokane Parks & Rec Workers pouring concrete to form the deep end of Shadle Pool. Courtesy Spokane Parks & Rec

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring is in the air in Spokane leading to thoughts of camping, cookouts and diving into cool swimming pools. That means its also time for the Spokane Park Board to set its swim fees for the 2009 summer season.

As part of the Park Board's plan to help cover maintenance costs for the city's six pools and eleven splash pads they've proposed charging a fee to use the facilities. Depending on your age and the time of day the fee would range from free to $5.00 per person. Children under the age of four would be able to use the facilities at no charge. The cost would be $2.50 for children age 4 to age 17 and adults would pay $5.00 each.

The proposal would also increase the number of hours that the pools and splash pads are open each week. According to the Parks Board in years past the pools were open a total of 31 hours per week - in the new plan that would increase to 44 hours per week. During a little more than half that time the fees would apply. The majority of the free swimming hours would be in the afternoon after 3:00pm.

The Park Board says that because of growing interest in this proposal they've decided to hold a public hearing to get additional input on the plan. That meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm Tuesday night at the Spokane City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall. If you can't attend the hearing in person you're encourage to email your comments to the Park Board at spokaneparks@spokanecity.org.

Progress continues on several Spokane City pool projects including a brand new pool in northwest Spokane at Shadle Park. The pools are being funded by the 2007 Spokane Parks Improvement Bond.

Shadle Pool (Wellesley & Belt)

Witter Pool (E. Mission & Upriver Drive)

Hillyard Pool (Columbia & Market)

Comstock Pool (29th & Howard)

A.M. Cannon Pool (Maxwell & Elm)

Liberty Pool (5th & Pittsburg)

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