FULLERTON : Fees to Rise So Pool Can Stay Open

The city will raise swim pass fees and allocate $14,000 to cover expenses to keep Independence Park pool open year-round.

The higher swim fees will bring in an estimated $9,000, which will be used to cover lifeguard costs through May, city officials said.

The City Council, which earlier this year had considered closing the pool during the winter months to save money, agreed four months ago, at the urging of the Fullerton Aquatic Swim Team, to find a way to keep the pool open year-round.

Councilman Peter Godfrey said at this week's council meeting that it costs the city more than $250,000 annually to operate the pool, but "we are going to do everything in our power to keep it open."

The annual swim pass now will cost $150 a person, a $25 increase; $240 for a family, up $40; $100 for a senior citizen or disabled person, up $20; $170 for a senior citizen couple, up $70.

A discount pass will also be available, allowing 50 swims for $75. The current one-time admission price of $2.50 will remain the same.

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