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Spokane ends free swimming for kids

Spokane ends free swimming for kids

Jonathan Brunt

The Spokesman-Review

Spokane's long history of free swimming for kids is over.

The Spokane Park Board on Thursday voted to impose a $1 per visit fee on swimmers younger than 18, just in time for its six new pools to open this summer. Adult prices will remain unchanged at $2.

Park officials say while fees aren't necessary to balance the budget this year, the revenue is needed by 2011 to prevent cuts elsewhere.

"The operational cost is going to be higher right from the get-go," said Board Member Larry Stanley, noting the need to hire extra lifeguards because of added pool features like slides.The prospect of swimming fees was unpopular at three hearings held this spring. Opponents say the city's pools give kids safe summer activities and should be supported by taxes rather than fees, pointing out that Spokane managed to keep free swimming even while suffering through the Great Depression.

 

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