The hot, dry weather this summer has driven many residents to the local swimming pool in search of some relief from the heat.
Linda Stilson, manager at the Art Dague Pool and Waterslide at Metro Park in Rifle, said they have seen a slight increase in the number of pool patrons this summer on hot days. The most noticeable increase has been in the number of customers coming to the pool from up valley.
"We really haven't set any records due to our capacity limit of 225," Stilson said. "We have hit that number a few times this summer with the exception of one evening during Family Night, when we had 260 patrons before we were able to close the gates."
When the number of guests at the pool reaches capacity, pool staff have to turn patrons away.
"It [reaching capacity limits] occurs a couple times a week," Stilson said. "We are hoping to build a [recreation] center in the next few years," which would likely include new, larger pool.
On Aug. 7, the pool will participate in the 29th annual National Night Out - America's Night Out Against Crime, a nationwide crime and drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.
On that night, the price of admission to the pool (regularly $2 on Family Night) will be a can of food to be donated to a local food bank, Stilson said.
The last day of the 2012 season for the Art Dague Pool and Waterslide will be Aug. 19.