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Monday March 10th, 2014

Posted at 12:15pm

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City administration is recommending to Windsor City Council that all current aquatic activities at Windsor Water World be discontinued effective March 28th.

In a report to council, Jan Wilson, Executive Director of Recreation and Culture for the city says that participation rates have dropped significantly, especially for preschool swims.

The report notes that on average there are 3 participants for daily preschool swims, for nine days there were no swimmers and weekends average 13 swimmers. For public swims, the attendance has dropped from an average of 65 per swim session between January 3rd to 5th to an average of 19 per session the week of February 28th to March 2nd.

The report says the cost of providing lifeguards to Water World since January 1st has been $15,229.37 while revenue for the swims has been $3,822.94.

The city says that it has also been challenging finding enough lifeguards for all city pools, and there have been times were swims have had to be cancelled at Water World due to the lack of guards.

The report notes that mechanical repairs are needed should the pool continue to operate.

The final decision rests with City Council on Monday March 17th.  Should the closure be approved, the report notes that the pool area would be secured and steps would be taken to minimize the energy requirements by lowering the pool and air temperatures.

Other programs at Water World including after school programs and fitness activities in the gym would continue.

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