City outdoors pools could be in danger of closing if they continue swimming in red ink due to drab summer weather, according to operators.
Calgary Outdoor Swimming Pools Association’s Roger Leach said pool patrons have slowed to a trickle because of a lack of solid summer heat.
“We haven’t had a hot summer since 2007, and this year the temperatures have definitely been the coolest and rainiest,” Leach said.
“You basically need a good July or you don’t really get back on track. And we had a bad July.
We’d have to have two weeks of thirty-degree weather now — and that won’t happen.”
Leach pointed out Calgary hasn’t had even one day with temperatures over 30 degrees this summer, and that there weren’t many days with back-to-back nice weather, he added.
“It’s at the point where they have to decide if it’s even worth continuing to subsidize the pools for next year.”
Craig Wilton is also disappointed with the city‘s summer.
“Usually I would bring my kids (to the Forest Lawn) pool on my days off,” he said, “but they get cold pretty easy because they’re young,”