Park district approves purchase of water slide for pool

Park district approves purchase of water slide for

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The Carlinville City Pool will have a new look to it for 2017 after the Carlinville Park District board approved the purchase of a Double Center/Left Flume water slide with a rear stair.

It will be purchased from Spear Corporation out of Roachdale, Ind. at a cost of $29,250. It includes two flumes, 10 feet in length and eight feet in height, with a minimum water depth of four feet.

Park Board Administrator Regie Byots said that having the slides will help bring in revenue to the pool.

“We’re losing people going to Springfield to the water parks,” Byots said. “The feedback on Facebook has been very positive and people are really excited.”

Hours of the pool this upcoming session will be noon to 5 p.m. It had closed at 6 p.m. in previous years, but Byots said that last hour is usually very light with people traffic, and closing earlier may help bring in more pool parties.

She said that closing earlier means that they can start having pool parties at 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m., instead of 6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. in recent years. Cost for pool parties at the Carlinville facility are $200 for the first hour and $50 for each additional hour.

There will be two additional swimming lessons offered this year, making four total compared to two the past few years. Private swimming lessons will also be available.

A movie night will be offered in which a popcorn, snow cone and cotton candy machine will all be available and different activities will be offered.

A family pool pass for a family of four is $200 and $25 for each additional family member. An individual pass is $75 and it will be $4per day for use of the pool.

The park board also will hire a part-time worker to help out at Loveless Park during the busy summer sports seasons.

Those teams that are not in any recreational leagues wanting to use the ball diamonds for baseball, softball or soccer games must now pay a fee up front of $35 per game.

The fee will help offsetting costs in getting the field ready for play, including spray paint and painting the lines on the ball fields.

This fee will also apply to the high school sports teams that play at Loveless Field. Carlinville High School teams have not been charged previously.

Board president Larry Smith was quite impressed with the way the Demuzio Center was buzzing with activity last Sunday when visiting. He said there were more cars there than he has ever seen.

Smith and park maintenance worker Randy Link both credited Byots for helping to make that place a busy venue with indoor soccer and other activities.