Low Aquatic Center membership numbers

Low Aquatic Center membership numbers

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Mckenzie, TN

#1 May 4, 2013
So this evening I saw a story on Times News about how the Aquatic Center has only sold 50 memberships since December, and the YMCA has sold 1200.

Well anyone with basic economic sense would have realized a long time ago that this was going to happen.

Let me explain....

A membership at the YMCA is only a few dollars more than a year long membership to just the aquatic center. It may even be lower than the Aquatic membership depending on your income etc. Also at the Y you can cancel the membership with no penalty as long as you give them notice soon enough.

So why would anyone in their right mind pay basically the exact same amount of money and only have access to the Aquatic Center and not the YMCA? Even if you don't plan on using the YMCA on a weekly basis, it would still make sense to pay a few dollars more to have that option.

Mayor Phillips acted like he was surprised that the numbers came out like this!

Don't get me wrong, I am proud that this city has built such an impressive place for our citizens to get active. My only gripe is that the price should be lower for families who just want to use the Aquatic Center. Then it would make more economic sense and they would sell a reasonable amount of passes.

If someone said you could pay 7 dollars to watch an entire football game, or 5 dollars to only see half the game, which would you choose?.....Think about it....

When people are paying money for recreation and a cheap place to have fun in the summer, they want the most bang for their buck. Not to set on the side of the pool and feel that they are missing out on half of the facility.

Cleveland, TN

#2 May 5, 2013
It will in time. They can't now because everyone who said it would cost too much would be right so the thing needs to be open for some time before the city can make the numbers look like its more profitable then it is as the excuse to drop the numbers. I think it was funny how the paper said it was the city's idea to partner with he y to save money, and then dissolve the partnership to save money. In the end, no money will be saved and the city will have to pay for the upkeep. I think if they had to do that from the start, no one would have said yes and this was the only way to get it done. Looks a lot like other private/public projects the city are involved in.

Since: Nov 08

Cookeville, TN

#3 May 5, 2013
Who made the crazy deal of letting the Y only have to pay 10% for their members to use it for free? They Y was built by donations, pays no taxes and gets to keep 90% of the income? Unbelievable.

Since: Feb 10

Cookeville, TN

#4 May 5, 2013
The YMCA is very smart. They got the city to build them an aquatics center that cost over 20 million, only give the city 10% and keep 90%. They are massively advertising everywhere the benefits of getting the aquatics center for free with a membership and the city leadership has not figured out what is happening. Poor tax payers.

Cookeville, TN

#5 May 5, 2013
Of course the Mayor was surprised the way the numbers are coming out. Otherwise the city would have never made such a stupid deal to begin with. Tax payers money is in good hands. HA

Cookeville, TN

#6 May 9, 2013
Does anyone really think the Mayor is so dumb as to not think the Aquatics Center numbers are a surprise. There had to be "pay back" for such a gift to the Y. No one is that stupid as it was obvious the numbers would work out as they are. The Y was built a free pool by the city. The mayor is too smart to have thought otherwise. It had to have been understood with some kind of payback. No ones that stupid.

Johnson City, TN

#7 May 9, 2013
I called earlier today about joining and got a recording saying they were too busy to talk. It said to leave a number and they would call back. I am still waiting for a call.

Cleveland, TN

#8 May 9, 2013
Caller wrote:
I called earlier today about joining and got a recording saying they were too busy to talk. It said to leave a number and they would call back. I am still waiting for a call.
YMCA or city?

Cleveland, TN

#9 May 10, 2013
The other 90% they keep is membership dues. Right now, they are keeping 100% of the Y's membership. When the new center is open, they are going to be "leasing" the pools and pay the city 10% of all the member they have. Still a great deal for the Y, and it does hurt the city's ability to get its own members, but the amount from what I remember is ok for any gym or fitness facility to use. I would bet gold star could do the same, but without having a center built adjacent to the center, it's not feasible. The Y got a deal and that falls on the solders of the city manager.

Johnson City, TN

#10 May 10, 2013
Water wrote:
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YMCA or city?

Since: Feb 10

Cookeville, TN

#11 May 26, 2013
just saw today where Y wants the city to build more parking. They will because Phillips and Campbell are in debt to the Y and do whatever they ask.

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