To Keep Pools Open, Covington Sets Admission Fee

COVINGTON, KY – Due to the rising costs of maintenance, the City of Covington Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to set a fee schedule for the 2016 pool season.

The Board also voted to make necessary repairs to the City’s current aquatic facilities: Randolph Pool at Eighth and Greenup, Goebel Pool at Eighth and Dalton and the Waterpark at 43rd & Decoursey. The repair costs will be supplemented by the pool fees and will allow the City to keep pool operations open.

The City has a long tradition of offering residents the amenity of public pools. Unfortunately, all three facilities are past their useful life and have needed increased repairs each summer. In order to open for the 2016 pool season, several major repairs are needed. The estimated costs of these improvements are above the $328,000 annual operating costs.

The new fee structure will allow for major water line repair and new large features at the Waterpark, a new membrane for the lining of the pool at Randolph, and updates to filtration systems. Goebel Pool, which was closed over 10 days last year due to filtration issues, will also get new sand filters.

In developing a plan to keep pools open, City staff conducted research comparing pool operations of surrounding areas. No surrounding public agencies provided free pool services. Most of those organizations contacted charge fees in order to remain open.

There will be two options to purchase entry into the pools. The daily fee will be $3 for Covington residents and $5 for non-residents. Season passes will be available at a rate of $25 for residents and $50 for non-residents and are good for access to both Goebel Pool and Randolph Pool and the Waterpark at the Cappel Complex.  Children 2 and under will be allowed free admission.

A new offering for this coming pool season is the opportunity for individuals to rent pools for events after normal operating hours. Pool Parties can be purchased as two-hour blocks for $200.

The City recognizes the value of offering these amenities to residents and hopes that the fee schedule will enable pools to operate for many seasons to come.