by Phil Prazan
Next year Des Moines Parks and Rec has to figure out a way to cut $60,000 from their pool budget and they want your advice on how to do it. That's why Wednesday they're holding a public input meeting at 6 pm, in the North High Cafeteria.
Their main idea is to eliminate one hour from each day from the open swim sessions. But if you don't like that, they can make the swim season shorter or raise entrance prices. Either way they want to hear from you.
It costs $1,500 a day to run each pool. They can't take away any of the lifeguards or chemicals - those are all enforced by city and state codes. So they have to cut back on hours of operation.
"It's part of a bigger goal if you will. The city had to reduce $7.2 million from its budget. That affected all departments. So we're just trying to carry our piece forward and make sure that the community understands it. They might not like it. We don't like it but there's ways for us to figure it out together so it's least disrupted," says Ben Page from Parks and Rec.
Parks and Rec will have three public input meetings this summer.
June 27th at 6:00 pm. North High School Cafeteria. 501 Holcomb Ave.
July 19th at 6:00 pm. Blank Park Zoo. 7401 SW 9th.
July 26th at 6:00 pm. Northwest Community Center. 5110 Franklin Ave.