Cooler weather causing Fairfax Pool to close early

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

It is hard to believe a pool could be near empty in the middle of July. But with the "cold snap" we have been seeing over the last couple days, attendance at Fairfax Pool has taken a dive.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It is hard to believe a pool could be near empty in the middle of July. But with the "cold snap" we have been seeing over the last couple days, attendance at Fairfax Pool has taken a dive.

The city's Program Supervisor says on a typical day 90 degree day, about 1,500 to 2,000 people head over to Fairfax Pool for a swim.

As you came imagine, with temperatures well below that average, that number was significantly lower on Tuesday.

And when you compare this point of the year to the same point last year, there are about 7,000 fewer people using the pool - about 24%.

Eau Claire Program Supervisor Chad Duerkop says the weather is to blame. And not just on Tuesday but through the whole summer.

"The rain has definitely been a factor as well as the cooler weather," said Duerkop said.

He says that has led to schedule changes and the pool has had to close early or open late.

Already this year, it has happened 11 times. In 2013, there were 17 schedule changes for the whole season.

"It wasn't even 60 degrees by the time we were supposed to open at 11:30, so we made the decision let's open back up at 3:30," he said.

That has had an impact on lifeguards like Mitchell Kent who are losing out on valuable summer work hours.

"Yesterday we got off at 1 and had to come back at 3:30 so that was frustrating," he said.

Normally he is handling lines on the waterslide, on Tuesday it was just him at the top of the tower.

"Sometimes it's pretty boring sitting in the chairs, it's boring when there’s not much to see in the water," he said.

And literally at some points on Tuesday, there was nobody in the water.

Jack Fuchsteiner was one of about 10 people we saw at the pool. He loved having all the extra space - and admitted the water really is not that bad.

"It was really warm even though it was cold out, once the wind starts blowing you get chilly," he said.


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