Chambersburg may raise rates for pool...

Chambersburg may raise rates for pool, park use

There are 19 comments on the Public Opinion story from Feb 25, 2008, titled Chambersburg may raise rates for pool, park use. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

It could cost more to rent a pavilion or swim at the Memorial Park pool this summer.

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uh oh

Darby, PA

#1 Feb 26, 2008
Here we go. Let the complaining begin, from the posts!!!!
meme

Sicklerville, NJ

#2 Feb 26, 2008
YEA THEY WILL BEGIN....IT'S A POOL FOR THE "RICH ONLY". COULDN'T AFFORD TO GO LAST YEAR AND WON'T BE GOING THIS YEAR.
anon

Wilmington, DE

#3 Feb 26, 2008
It is still a bargain, especially if you get a season pass. I don't feel the Park is a rich only facility. Head out to Guilford Pool if you want something a little quieter and cheaper. You can bring your snacks with you, too.
Marty

Bloomington, IN

#4 Feb 26, 2008
Operating costs going up, mainly for labor, and the "managers" want to hire consultants to help design a revamp of the existing pool. Why is a new pool needed? PO should ask the erstwhile managers who've been smitten with the "let's build something" bug to explain why a new pool is a must have rather than a nice-to-have.
tax payer

Mechanicsburg, PA

#5 Feb 26, 2008
This only goes to back up why lifeguards are needed to be kept at Cowan's Gap..... More and more folks will be packing into vans and busses and heading to the nongaurded park where it is FREE... More unsupervised kids, teens, and downtown riff raff going to Cowans Gap instead of the local pool.
Mike

Warsaw, IN

#6 Feb 26, 2008
Go to the council meetings or follow along in the paper. The pool is falling apart and needs a complete overhaul. There hasn't been any decision to build a new pool. That was a thought put out to the public. The council has to consider the best way to address the refurbishment of an existing, outdated and decaying community facility. Also, the council has talked about revenue going down and struggling to keep the pool open in the future if they don't get more attendance. It would be a shame to lose our community pool. i can't afford one at my house.
Autumn

Mechanicsburg, PA

#7 Feb 26, 2008
My husband has managed a pool in Hagerstown for 20 years for the county, unfortunately not everyone realizes the expense of keeping a public pool operating. I know the expenses are greater than what the pool takes in each year.... it is kept open as a public service for the community.
Someone Who Knows

West Mansfield, OH

#8 Feb 26, 2008
Yes the pool is in need of a total overhaul. Mike sounds like someone who also knows of some of the deterorating equipment and plumbing. Consultants are needed because the prospect of building a new pool is far beyond the scope of the average parks and recreation department abilities. Plan it right build it right and it will be done right. On the subject of why it is needed, I have to wonder if Marty knows what happens when teenagers get bored in the summer. The pool is a good place to exercise and spend time with friends. A much better alternative than not having the pool.
Max

Bloomington, IN

#9 Feb 26, 2008
Some of the comments indicate they hold with the philosophy, "Build it and they will come." What is usage data for the past three years, for example, and what's the projected increase in usage/revenue if the new pool is constructed?
tax payer

Warsaw, IN

#10 Feb 26, 2008
DCNR has available 50 million dollars in grants available to communities with deteriorating facilities... Please review the follow website for a Feb. 2008 press release from DCNR. Has Council reviewed this option?

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/news/newsreleases...
gsc

Riverside, NJ

#11 Feb 26, 2008
I agree with Autmn - pools a re expensive to run. I oversee Guilford Swim Club on Ragged Edge Road.
We are open to daily & seasonal members. for information e-mail [email protected]
Call them like I see them

Brentwood, TN

#12 Feb 26, 2008
As a senior citizen that does not have too much use for the pool I would like to offer my comments nad I hope you can digest them without hurling insults.

When I moves to Chambersburg eight years ago one of the things that I showed visitors from where I lived in New Jersey was our town park. It is a place of pride for the people of Chambersburg, since many municipalities do not have what we have.

The cost of keeping up or rebuilding or even adding additional parks is a cost saving package for the future since teenage vandalism and crime are reduced where teen age recreational facilities are available.(I believe we would benefit from an indoor ice skating arena).
Now a public safety thing is not what recreation is about, but the fire companies have their annual fund raisers for the communities, why can't the recreation committee be authorized to do the same thing as a fundraiser may allow those who can contribute to do so and at the same time keep tax dollars for other needs.
Just think, churches that talk about community interest might even become involved.

An increase in prices is never welcomed, but just about everything has increased at least 12 fold since I was a teenager.(Doctors and lawyers a lot more) When I went swimming at the local pool we were charged $0.50 at the one pool and $0.65 at another pool and neither of them were as nice of facilities as what Chambersburg has offered their residents.

I noticed three years ago when I took my grandchildren to the pool, that a life guard stand was rusting out to the place where it was no longer "safe" for a life guard to be in the stand. Age certainly could not have improved that condition.

Personally, I would rather have my money go toward a rebuilding of the recreational facilities then into of hiring of an additional police person to make sure that the sidewalk snow removal is enforced.

Do people not have better use of there time then to go around making sure that people remove the snow within 24 hours of the snow flakes stop falling?. I guess not.
Mike

Warsaw, IN

#13 Feb 26, 2008
Man, you people need to go to council meetings or read the paper. First, the group the borough hired to do the pool consulting gave the borough a whole presentation including facts and figures about usage and projected revenue currently and with changes. Secondly, council has the recreation manager working on applying for dcnr grants and any other grants available and third, the police don't do snow removal. The meter readers do and that seems like a pretty good use of people who sit around waiting for work after it snow. As far as making people remove their snow, most people know what's the right thing to do but some people need more incentive.
anon

Wilmington, DE

#14 Feb 26, 2008
The upgrade of this park and the pool is at a critical stage. If it falls into further disrepair, you will be at the point of no return, if you are not there already. The park is such an asset to our comunity. Do not let this happen. At the very least let's be supportive of our recreation departmemt. You cannot even imagine the amount of children that come thru their doors.
LBS

Wilmington, DE

#15 Feb 26, 2008
The pool definitely needs fixed. We have old home movies of my sister swimming in the pool for her swimming lessons. That was early 1970s...I think enough time has passed for it to be fixed. It's a nice pool. Let's keep it that way so that others can enjoy it like my family and many other families were able to over the years.
do not join

Waynesboro, PA

#16 Feb 26, 2008
I would just get a pool. BUT Bear Valley won't let me put WATER in it !!!
Why Worry

Gettysburg, PA

#17 Feb 26, 2008
I admit that I haven't been to the pool for awhile, mainly because some of the medicines I take say "keep out of sun light" and swiming in long pants and shirts takes away from the enjoyment. I suspect though that the pool is a bargain when you see what other municipalities are charging.
Near Princeton NJ I went to a pool simply to watch my grandchildren swim and was charged a $16.00 evening rate for the enjoyment.
Prices for everything are going up very rapidly--thats the real world
Call them like I see them

Brentwood, TN

#18 Feb 27, 2008
Mike wrote:
Man, you people need to go to council meetings or read the paper. First, the group the borough hired to do the pool consulting gave the borough a whole presentation including facts and figures about usage and projected revenue currently and with changes. Secondly, council has the recreation manager working on applying for dcnr grants and any other grants available and third, the police don't do snow removal. The meter readers do and that seems like a pretty good use of people who sit around waiting for work after it snow. As far as making people remove their snow, most people know what's the right thing to do but some people need more incentive.
talk about not reading the paper. Maybe you just overlooked two different articles. One from the council in Shippensburg and one from the council in Chambersburg where the idea was proposed of hiring an additional employee to enforce the snow removal ordinances.
If a sidewalk is in a dangerous condition, a citation should be issued, but is the sidewalk has a smattering of snow on it after a snow storm hours earlier a snow removal ordinance is just another manner for a elected official to take more of the citizens money.
I have no sidewalks, but I do have a driveway that I have to walk over to get to the mailbox. Every snowstorm we have had this year, the driveway was safe to walk on and it was only shoveled one time. The other four snow storms there was not even the need to get out the shovel. I can not see where most sidewalks would be any different, with the exception of those shaded constantly by buildings and/or trees. I know we had more snow in the decades of the 60's then we have today and the college I attended (like many others during that period) did not have enough on campus housing so "dorms" were two and three blocks from campus and as we students walked to campus we encountered many unshoveled sidewalks and I do not know of one incident where some one fell. I see pictures (and not from years ago, but from months ago) showing beautiful snow scenery and not one sidewalk shoveled, but kids are outside building snow men and sledding. It just happens that these are mostly from other states and/or countries.
When I see posts where people are worried about losing habeas corpus because of Bush and where they feel rights are being compromised because of phone surveillance, I want to scream - watch your flank from your local town council for the little freedoms and liberties being removed before worrying about some "right" that those practicing criminal acts may be losing.
BTW, the meter readers do not remove the snow, they just issue the citations.
Sewer Rat

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

#19 Feb 27, 2008
Wow Counsil and Hunsaker get the checkbooks out,they are the best whe it comes to aquatics!

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