Cool rainy weather takes a bite out of public pool attendance

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - The rainy weather has dried up business at municipal pools in the St. Louis area. Many communities could use a good long dose of sunny and warm weather. Cool weather, and too much rain have caused a drought of business at local pools.  Murray Pounds is director of Kirkwood Parks and Recreation, “We are off to an extremely slow start.” He said, revenue for the summer Kirkwood pool is down 15 percent from last year and 2014 was nothing to write home about.  Pounds added, “Through the first 30 days of operation we’ve only had nine days that were not affected by the cold temperatures or the rain so that’s pretty dramatic numbers.”

In Webster Groves business is off nine percent this season, revenues sliding by as much as $14,000.

In Maryland Heights they been closed or had shortened hours for more than a third of their operating days.

It’s appears it’s going to take a lot of nice weather and a big jump in pool goers if local aquatic centers hope to finish above water this year.