Hot Springs fees to heat up in summer, cool down in winter

Lynn BurtonPost Independent Staff

A summer soak in the Hot Springs Pool will increase $2.75 as of May 23, as part of the pool’s new split-season pricing structure.The change boils down to simple economics.”The lodge and pool employs 75 to 100 more staff members in the summer months than other times of the year,” said Hot Springs Pool General Manager Kjell Mitchell. “Providing top-notch service and facilities to our guests is our No. 1 priority.”A pair of new terms have entered into the Hot Springs Pool lexicon, thanks to the new pricing structure.”Peak Season” will run this year from May 23 through Sept. 1, while “Value Season” will run from Sept. 2, 2003, through May 27, 2004.”This pricing structure is similar to many other attractions across the country, and is consistent with tourism industry standards,” Mitchell said.The Peak Season, Value Season and current rates are (in order):-Adults/Teens – $13, $11 and $10.25-Children (3 to 12 years) – $8, $7 and $6.75-Child (2 and under) – Free, free, free.Night rates after 9 p.m. are:-Adults/Teens – $8, $7 and $6.75.-Children (3 to 12 years) – $7, $6 and $6.25.-Child (2 and under) – Free, free, free.Equipment rentals and the water slides will increase slightly in the new Peak Season.Water slide prices for Peak Season, Value Season and current level are (in order):-Four-ride tickets – $4.25, $4, and $4.-Eight-ride tickets – $5.50, $5.25, and $5.25.Prices for the annual swim pass remain unchanged, and are:-Single – $275.-Married couple (or parent with one child) – $400.-Family – $480.-Senior single (65 years or over) – $235.-Senior couple (65 years or over) – $290.”Based on the current economic climate, we felt it was important to keep the annual prices at the same low rates, to better accommodate our longtime customers,” Mitchell said.Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext.

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