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Pool to open

doors Monday

By Kevin Hanson

The Courier-Herald

Whether it's kids learning to swim, senior citizens doing laps to keep in shape or high school athletes fine-tuning their skills, there's usually a constant flow through the doors of the Enumclaw pool.

All that was put on hold Nov. 23, when the pool locked its doors for some much-needed repairs, replacement of the pool liner and general sprucing up.

Now, after a closure of seven weeks, the end is in sight. Pool manager Tracy Alexander said the pool staff will be ready to greet guests when the facility opens Monday.

And, there will be a handful of new offerings. For example, there will be new sessions of private lessons, drop-in lessons for adults, Saturday lessons and a “teen splash night” from 8 to 10 every Friday just for the younger-than-18 crowd.

Perhaps the biggest change noticed by regular pool users will be the new fee structure.

Those who pay each time they use the pool have been charged $2 for a one-hour session. Beginning Monday, the rate will jump substantially: the youth/senior rate will be $3.50 and adults will pay $4.50, with a new family rate of $12 in place.

The stated goal is to generate more pool members in lieu of pay-as-you-go users. That's reflected in the new rates for memberships which, in some cases, have dropped noticeably. Here are a few examples:

The three-month pass for youth and seniors has been $59.62 and will increase by only 38 cents to $60. The three-month pass for adults will drop from $97.56 to $80 and the three-month family pass will climb from $173.40 to $180.

The 12-month pass for youth and seniors will decrease from $130.08 to $120. The yearly charge for adults will drop substantially, from $249.32 to $160, and the annual family pass drops from $398.91 to $360.

New to the fee structure will be one-month passes. Charges will be $30 for youth/seniors, $40 for adults and $90 for families. In addition, pool visitors can purchase 10-punch tickets that will cost less than paying at the open rate.

Those who purchase annual memberships will be eligible for “Splash Pass” benefits, which could include an hour of free pool rental, discounts on swim lessons and pool merchandise, guest passes and special, “member only” swim times. Details on those benefits have not been finalized.

The new rates adopted by the City Council are for city residents only. Non-residents are charged an additional 25 percent, though a new “partnership pass” has been implemented. For an annual fee of $25 for an individual or $40 per family, non-residents can qualify for in-city rates.

A complete listing of pool offerings, with a detailed schedule, can be heard by calling 360-825-1188.

Kevin Hanson can be reached at khanson@courierherald.com.

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