Archive for Tuesday, March 13, 2007

City announces fees for pools

March 13, 2007

With a new water playground at the new pool, Splash Cove at the Jim Allen Aquatic Center, come new fee rates for pool passes.

The Shawnee City Council approved the changes last week, and while prices have gone up, the new fees include some discounts for members of Wonderscope Children's Museum and for active military personnel.

The price for a Resident Family Season Pass has gone from $90 to $100, and a Resident Individual Pass has increased from $45 to $50. Family season passes for nonresidents increased from $140 to $150, and individual nonresident season passes went from $70 to $75. Resident senior citizens will still be able to get seasonal pool passes for no charge.

Daily fees will remain the same for the most part. In the past, the old East Pool had a day care provider discount and lower daily admission fee to encourage more swimmers to go to the under-utilized pool. Those incentives now aren't necessary, since Splash Cove's amenities should attract more swimmers.

So the $5 daily fee for residents and their guests will not change at the Soetaert Aquatic Center, and Splash Cove will have the same daily fee.

Wonderscope members who don't live in Shawnee will be able to go to Splash Cove for the $5 daily admission rate, even if they aren't accompanied by a Shawnee resident. Additionally, Shawnee pool members will receive a discount on Wonderscope passes and activities.

The Council also approved a 50 percent discount in the cost for seasonal pool passes for active military personnel.

The military discount will apply to individuals or the family of individuals with documentation proving active military status, including active U.S. Coast Guard and activated members of the National Guard or Reservists. The individuals must live in Shawnee, and valid military identification must be shown when the pool pass is purchased.

When compared with rates for pool passes and daily entry for municipal pools in Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Olathe and Overland Park, Shawnee city officials say Shawnee's new fees are right in the middle. Both pools in Shawnee will open May 26.

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