SPOKANE. Wash. - Even though we aren't getting a lazy river at the, now melted, Ice Ribbon in Riverfront Park, swimmers in Spokane could be enjoying free entry to Spokane Aquatic Centers come this summer.
The Spokane Park Board is set to vote on a resolution Thursday that would make lap swim, open swim, and parent-tot swim, free for all ages at all city Aquatic Centers starting in 2018. Typically it costs $2 for kids and $4 for adults and generates around $200,000 a year in revenue. That money offsets the more than $1 million operating budget for the pools.
The board says it would save money by eliminating seasonal cashier positions and armored car services, that pick up cash from those pools. The missing revenue would come out of the budget reserves. Aquatic Centers open in Spokane on June 18th.
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