St. Landry

Jun 5, 2013 2:49 PM by Ian Auzenne

Budget issues close Opelousas city pools

The Opelousas Parks and Recreation Department has shuttered its two pools for the summer. Parks director Clarence Watson says the North City and South City Park pools were not bringing in enough money to cover the cost of opening the pools this summer.

"We've been spending so much money (on the pools) that at the end of the year, we've made nothing," Watson said. "we usually use five liveguards, two office managers, and a pool manager. Chemicals are expensive, and we have to pay for paint and maintenance."

Watson adds that turnout at the pools has been slim in recent years. That, along with a $1 entry fee, has resulted in very little income for the pools. According to Watson, the two pools have lost money for the "last couple of years," but he did not immediately know the exact amount.

Watson says he is working with city leaders to come up with a plan to reopen the pools for next summer. He also emphasizes that all other summer recreation activities in the city will not be affected by the pool's budget problems and will run as scheduled.

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