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Monday December 14th, 2015

Posted at 9:01pm

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Adventure Bay could see reduced hours.

At the Monday budget session City Council will receive a report that outlines $163,142 in savings.

Those savings would come from discontinuing early bird and starlight hours on Mondays and replacing them with registered programs for a projected savings of $82,301. On Tuesdays, starlight hours would be discontinued and replaced with registered programs for a total savings of $73,031

The city says that offering specific programs will allow the waterpark to be used for a variety of activities such as water walking, intro to snorkelling, intro to kayaking, swim lessons, etc. The programs would require registration by session and would be staffed accordingly.

They city also plans to close for one week in September following Labour Day to perform annual maintenance for a total savings of $3,873.

They say that a shutdown period of consecutive days would be beneficial to conduct deep cleaning, painting, light replacements, and preventative maintenance tasks. Attendance statistics indicate that the week after school starts would have the least impact as families are focused on back to school activities and routines.

They city will also make changes to Holiday Hours for a total savings of $3,937. Current Holiday hours are from 10am to 8pm. The change would see the park open from 10am to 4pm. In addition, it is recommended that in addition to Christmas Day, the waterpark be closed Easter Sunday.

Budget documents also show that attendance was 131,234 from January to June 2014, but for the same period this year dropped to 70,043.

To correct this dip in attendance administration has asked council to approve an additional $50,000 in the advertising budget to bring it to $150,00 for 2016.

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