Pool attendance below average in Cranberry, elsewhere in region
Mother Nature hasn't made days at the Cranberry Water Park pool, or others in Western Pennsylvania, very welcoming so far.
The Cranberry pool has closed early several days because of rain or cool temperatures. Township officials said although they can't supply specific attendance figures, they know turnout isn't as high as it could be, thanks to the weather.
“We're trying to serve the community when we can,” township Recreation Director Pete Geis said. “But eventually, the hot weather will hit, and we'll be great.”
Geis said he expects that pool revenue was down, but did not have specfic figures, but to offset any lost revenue, the township has been cutting pool costs where possible, including telling workers, such as lifeguards, not to come in.
“It affects everybody. We've got employees who are working in the summertime trying to make money,” Geis said. “But they can't come to work because we don't have the business to support it.”
Attendance figures also weren't available at the Dormont pool, which opened May 25, but borough Recreation Director Kristen Hullihen said attendance is down there because of the weather. The pool has closed early a couple of times, she said.
“We haven't been rained out, but there are days when there's just nobody at the pool because it was too cold,” Hullihen said.
Meteorologist Mike Fries with the National Weather Service in Moon said there were several days in May when temperatures were 10 to 20 degrees below normal. For example, he said, Memorial Day weekend saw some lows in the 30s.
“The holiday weekend was so cold, it hurt the kickoff for the pool season,” Fries said. He added that though temperatures have been running close to normal in June, which normally averages highs of close to 80 degrees, there haven't been any stretches of hot weather.
“We haven't been close to any record highs, but we have been close to some record lows,” he said.
Precipitation is running closer to normal, Fries added, with 2.84 inches for June as of Wednesday.
Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or email@example.com.
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