Pools closing as summer winds down
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Labor Day marks the end of the year for outdoor public swimming pools and water parks. Although many people enjoyed the mild summer it wasn’t so hot for business at the pools.
It was packed on this the last day of the season at Raging Rivers WaterPark in Grafton. It was their best Labor Day in more than ten years. The rest of the season was all wet in too many ways. First flood water delayed the opening. Rain and cool temperatures kept some of the crowds away. Business was off about 25 percent. Donna smith is the water park’s C.E.O. She said, “We’re right here with the farmers, we depend solely upon the weather. We can do everything right, we can have our marketing in place and the best staff. If we get floods and cool weather and rain we’re just at the mercy of you know, the weather.” Smith added the slow season follows three strong years.
2014 will be the silver anniversary for Raging Rivers. If all goes well they may add a new attraction.
Some municipal pools were also hurt by the cool weather. Business was down about 13 to 15 percent at the Kirkwood pool. The weather was just a little too chilly at times for family to head to the pool. Earlene Wolff is a parent, “We didn’t get a chance to come to the pool a lot mainly because o f the cool weather it was just a lot chillier and he (her son) doesn’t like to get in unless it’s pretty warm.” Melissa Carlton is also a mother and she said, “It definitely (cool weather) played into it we did a lot more like the zoo and grant’s farm and things that were fun outdoors because of that.”
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