City to take over management of high school pool |

City to take over management of high school pool

Josh Nichols

In an effort to increase the recreational use of the Moffat County High School swimming pool, the city of Craig is taking over management of it through December.

Parks and Recreation Department Director Dave Pike said the city would manage the pool for the next three months on a trial basis.

“We need to see a break-even scenario,” Pike said. “If I can recover payroll, we will continue past the three-month trial.”

During the trial period, the city would manage the pool, which means it will provide lifeguards and set its hours of use.

The school district will continue to pay for maintenance of the pool, which it must do anyway, Pike said.

In theory it is a winning situation for both entities, he said, which is why the school district approached the Parks and Recreation Department with the idea.

“They feel we’re a little better suited to program and market a pool for public use,” Pike said. “They’re not in the lifeguard business and we are.”

The Parks and Recreation budget will enable it to market the facility when the pool is open and what programs would be offered, Pike said.

Right now the school district is paying to maintain a pool that is seldom used, he said.

“They didn’t feel like they were utilizing the pool to its maximum and we told them we’d give it a go,” he said. “It fits into our goal, which is to try and provide recreation opportunities for all citizens.”

Pete Bergmann, superintendent of the Moffat County School District, agreed that the reason for turning over management of the pool to the city was to try and promote its availability.

“We realized the high school pool is under utilized by the community during free swim hours,” Bergmann said. “We approached the city and asked if they would take over management of the pool.”

Another advantage for the school district is it will no longer be liable for the pool during open swim hours, Pike said.

Because the city is providing the lifeguards and charging for the pool’s use, it will be liable, he said.

Pike said the community should benefit because of increased accessibility to the pool.

“That’s one of the main reasons we’re doing it,” he said.

Beginning Oct. 7, public swim hours will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Other activities offered include Swimnastics, Lap Swim, Lifeguard Training and swim lessons.

For more information people can call Craig Parks and Recreation at 826-2029.

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