Last week, I took my family to swim, and $18 and one hour later we were told we had to leave, just as the little one was really getting into it. Even sadder was the family we observed wanting to come as we were trudging out. A family, worth about $20 to the recreation department, carrying their towels and swim suits, red in the face, probably from hiking in the area, parents had promised their kids they could go swimming in this wonderful facility and were told “no,” even as the vast, beautiful cool water spread before them. The 12-year-old boy was actually sobbing.
This recreational space can’t possibly be self-sustaining. It is obviously subsidized by taxpayer money. Nowhere that I’ve lived – Ogden, Chicago, New Jersey, Tennessee – have I encountered a pool that closes this early – 7, 8, even 9 p.m., is the norm. Can anyone tell me what the rationale is here?