The Anoka Aquatic Center took advantage of hot summer temperatures and had a successful season in 2012.
In an overview of the 2012 season, Recreation Supervisor Lisa LaCasse reported the pool was close to $15,000 shy of breaking even.
“I’m quite proud to be coming to you with that number instead of something different that we’ve had in the past,” LaCasse told the council last month.
“I hear nothing around town about how great it is to have that pool,” said Councilmember Steve Schmidt.
LaCasse said this is the third year in a row the aquatic center has had good attendance numbers.
More than 47,000 visitors attended the Anoka facility for open swim.
Attendance was split between season pass holders and paid daily admission.
“Sixty-six percent of our season pass holders are non-residents,” said LaCasse. “We’re attracting people from as far away as Brooklyn Park, Monticello and East Bethel. We’re drawing a lot of folks into our area for our aquatic center.”
This was the third best season for season pass sales in the pool’s history, falling only behind 1998 and 1999 – the first two years the pool was open.
The swim lesson program served 1,100 kids, up 100 kids over last year.
Evening and weekday morning swim lessons continue to be popular, but Saturday mornings have continued to decline.
The aquatic center has started to offer more evening lessons.
In its first year of offering web-based registration, 48 percent of the swim lesson participants were registered online, LaCasse said.
No serious bouts of vandalism or accidents were reported at the aquatic center during the 2012 season, she said.
Prior to the season the aquatic center had received some sprucing up, said LaCasse, including exterior painting and a new epoxy pool floor. Exterior maintenance was also done this year to preserve the life of the center’s slide.
The play structure has also been sent out for sandblasting and repainting and will look brand when it is reinstalled.
“We’re doing some big projects and spending a little bit of resources, but much needed after 14 years in operation,” LaCasse said.
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