Pool pass price bubbles over $10 mark | PostIndependent.com

Pool pass price bubbles over $10 mark

Like the first-class postage stamp, a gallon of gas and health insurance, the cost of admission to the Hot Springs Pool is about to go up. It will top the $10 mark for the first time.

But then, the cost of operating the pool also continues to rise.

“We’re still trying to pay well enough be competitive in the job market and retain employees,” said Kjell Mitchell, general manager.

The pool will be closed for routine maintenance on Wednesday, May 8.

When it reopens on Thursday, May 9, all-day admission for adults will go from $9.50 to $10.25, a rise of 7.8 percent, and admission for children ages 3-12 will rise from $6.25 to $6.75, or 8 percent.

Children ages 2 and under will still be admitted for free.

Mitchell compared the value of admission to other activities, including skiing, golf, rafting, riding go-carts and caving, to name a few. Some activities last only an hour or two, he noted. “The Hot Springs is a great value, plus the experience is all-day.”

As of June 1, the cost of an annual family pass will go from $460 to $480.

Other amenities at the pool went up by 25 cents over last year’s prices.

Cost of a four-ride water slide ticket will now be $4 and an eight-ride ticket will sell for $5.25.

The slide is currently open from about 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, and will open daily after school lets out on May 31.

A round of miniature golf will now be $4.75 for adults and $3.75 for children.

The pool will also offer its learn-to-swim program for infants and preschoolers, beginning June 3. Classes will be held in the early evenings to accommodate working parents.

For information, call 945-7131.

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