Swimming at Certain Joplin Pools This Summer Could Cost More


City leaders will take a look at an ordinance that would raise pool admission fees on Monday.

According to the Agenda:

The City has not raised pool fees in six seasons, since Schifferdecker Aquatic Center was opened in 2013.

In 2017, the pools operated at a loss of approximately $245,000. As a result, staff recommended increasing the pool admission fees as an option in the financial sustainability report and received informal approval from council to proceed.

This council bill increases the swimming pool admission fees as follows:

  • Ewert-Children from $2.50 to $3.00 and Adults from $3.50 to $4.00
  • Cunningham-Children from $3.00 to $4.00 and Adults from $4.00 to $5.00
  • Schifferdecker-Children from $4.00 to $5.00 and Adults from $5.00 to $6.00

Staff also reviewed the pool admission fees at Pittsburg, Miami, Lamar, and St. Joseph. The comparison indicates the City can adjust the admission fees to help recover more of the operational costs of the pools, while remaining accessible to the community and competitive with surrounding pools.
The effective date of this fee change will be April 1st in order to prepare for the upcoming swimming season

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