Press release from the City:
Due to anticipated budget cuts in 2010, the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department will take a proactive approach to reducing expenses by not opening Swinney Pool this summer or next summer. The estimated savings will be approximately $85,000 – $100,000 per year.
Swinney Pool was selected for closure as a result of limited usage. In order to be in compliance with the recent Virginia Graeme Baker Act, the Department would have been required to spend an additional $10,000 to install new drain covers.
“Ceasing operations at Swinney Pool is a tough decision, but if funds surface, we’ll look at the possibility of reopening the pool in 2011,” said Al Moll, Director of Parks and Recreation. “We encourage our community to take advantage of our remaining three pools and six free splash pads.”
The savings from not opening Swinney Pool will help offset the additional cost of water to run the City’s two new splash pads located in Robert E. Meyers Park and Buckner Park. It is the intention of the Parks and Recreation Department to focus on expanding the number of free splash pads in the future.