City Staff Proposes Changes to Water Park Operations
It may be a cold January night but there’s a hot spot on the Gaithersburg City Council agenda tonight.
City staffers are proposing some changes to the operations at the Water Park for the 2016 season, including updated fees for nonresidents and limiting the size and number of groups visiting the pool during the summer swim season.
Aquatics Superintendent Jennifer Mogus said the popular facility has seen an increase in attendance over the past three years with the majority of visitors coming from outside the city limits.
According to Mogus, a whopping 87-percent of the visitors last season visited the Water Park from outside the city of Gaithersburg.
In a background memo to the City Council, staff wrote: “Not only has the higher volume been taxing on the pool equipment and new amenities, there has been a rise in water rescues, first aid (including those requiring EMS), and incidents (requiring police). In an effort to encourage resident usage, improve the overall level of safety and security, and preserve the recently renovated property for years to come, several policy changes are recommended for the 2016 season.”
The recommendations include updating the nonresident and group fee schedules, limiting size and numbers of groups, revising the Swimming Pool Rules and Regulations, declaring a smoke free facility and modifying the entry pattern and procedures. City staff also proposes that the first hour of operation be dedicated to residents and members of the Water Park, prior to opening to the public and the pavilions be changed to a rental with city residents having first option.
Gaithersburg City Councilmembers are expected to discuss staff’s proposal at Monday night’s meeting. You can watch the meeting on the city’s website.
2015 Water Park Daily Attendance
Residents: 8,658 visits
Nonresidents: 61,833 visits
2015: 359 assists
2014: 324 assists