Over 2,000 more people went to the aquatic center this year compared to last, bringing the record attendance to over 21,000, something parks and rec officials say proves the need in the community.
The biggest day for the aquatic center was June 29th when over 600 people came out. They said the higher numbers means more of the costs of operating the pool for the summer get covered, and that number by itself doesn’t demonstrate the pool’s value to the community.
“That doesn’t even include our swim lessons, our mermaid and shark school, we have the swim team practicing here a lot, so it’s just daily attendance,” said Hannibal Parks and Recreation official Mary Lynne Richards
Parks and rec officials said the pool closes now due to the fact that many of the staff leave for college or go back to school this time of year, and it would be very expensive to treat the water during the week just to be open on the weekends.