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Estherville Council approves pool rate increases

By Staff | Mar 22, 2011

The cost of swimming at the Estherville municipal pool will go up this summer, but rates are still reasonable, according to Parks and Recreation Director Dave Spurgin.

With a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Board, the Estherville City Council officially approved the following rate increases.

The daily fee will increase from $1 to $1.50 for children and $1.50 to $2 for adults. Season passes will rise from $15 to $20, from $20 to $25 for single adults and from $40 to $50 for families.

Using pool attendances numbers from 2010, Spurgin projected the increase will generate approximately $4,000 more.

Spurgin said pool rates have not been increased since the mid 1990s; however, the swimming pool season was reduced from a 90-day season to a 60-day season in 2004.

In other business, Spurgin updated council on the 2010 Parks and Recreation Annual Report.

He highlighted the new skate park in the South 15th Street Park that was the result of a collaborative effort from Skate Estherville, Excel! Estherville and Gene Haukoos.

Spurgin said the highlight of the year was the purchase of new playground equipment at Lincoln Park.

“That was our ‘showplace’ project of the year,” he said.

Phase II of the Lincoln Park, which includes additional playground equipment, is expected to begin in July.

A third item highlighted was installing three lights at the Estherville Rock Garden.

Spurgin called it an “impact project” which didn’t require a lot of money.

The electrical department took three lighting fixtures that used to be in Library Square, cleaned them up and installed them at the site.