Swimmers hope for longer hours at Spokane pools




Posted on July 2, 2014 at 6:47 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 7:27 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The hot weather brought out hundreds of people to Spokane city pools Tuesday, but some were upset to find the hours still aren't what they used to be.

Lynne Blissbach used to swim at Comstock pool when she was a teenager. She said she plans to be their often this summer but just wishes it was for longer stretches.

“If we could rob Peter to pay Paul somehow and extend hours somehow, it would be wonderful for families,” she said.

Last year, the hours were cut because of a reduced budget and because people weren't using the pools as much.

“What we've done to maximize the usage is we’ve looked at our volumes of traffic, so that we're open when people want to be here,” said Brian Coddington with the City of Spokane.

While hours vary slightly at different city pools, most are open between 1 and 4 p.m., then again from 6 to 8 p.m. Before the cuts, pools opened at noon and closed at 4, but they maintained their spilt schedule.

Coddington admits the shorter hours have created some back ups and long waits to get into pools.

“So we're working on those types of things. There’s customer service issues but, generally speaking, people, when they come out, are having a good time,” said Coddington.

City spokespeople said the hours are pretty well set for this year because of lifeguard schedules.

At the end of summer, city officials planned to take a look at the number of people using the pool and adjust the hours accordingly.