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Local Pools Anticipating Spike in Revenue, Along with Temperatures

Updated: 07/21/2014 11:45 AM
Created: 07/21/2014 11:16 AM KSTP.com
By: Kate Renner

Como Pool is ready to hit capacity at 850 visitors at one time Monday. Pool managers say due to a cooler early summer their revenue is down year-over-year for daily visits - those spontaneous visits that often rely on good weather - although memberships are up.

"It can swing so quickly, today I'm going to guess we'll make up a quarter of the ground that we may have lost over last season," said Tyler McKean, St. Paul Aquatic Facility Manager.

Como Pool concessions saw a decrease in year-over-year revenue, but because they've added some healthier options to the menu they have noticed an increase in spending per visit.

So when it gets hotter, they expect to catch up and see a revenue spike.

"Last year we had, between the two outdoor pools, three 15,000-visit weeks and we have yet to have one of them this year. So I'm sure this week will be one of them and if we have a couple more we'll be right around where we were last year," McKean said.

Minneapolis has a policy if it's 85 degrees at 6 p.m., their guarded beaches and the Jim Lupient Water Park will stay open an extra hour, until 8 p.m., so people can find relief from the evening heat.

Monday night could be the first time they'll hit that milestone this year.

Last Monday was the polar opposite, because temperatures got below 65, the Minneapolis beaches and water park didn't even open.


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