After nearly 40 years, a community pool in Mercer County will not be open.
Memorial Day is just around the corner and that means it’s time for area parks to open their pools. But hanging out pool side at Brandy Springs Park in Mercer will be a thing of the past.
Park president Cory Masson said it was a tough decision to close and in the end, it all came down to economics. Last year, they only sold a handful of season passes.
“Roughly, 20 season passes. And most of our income is from the daily passes, but it really was not enough to keep the pool going,” said Masson. “We estimate we lost nearly $20,000 on the pool last year.”
One of the problems at the facility is a secondary pool which shut down a few years ago. The ares was geared towards families, and the park would like to get that segment of the population back to the pool.
“That was our big thing every year was to get our season pass,” said Mercer resident Kelly Palmer. It’s pretty sad it hasn’t maintained that cause when we were younger, 12, 13, 14, it was the place to be.”
Masson said they are looking into making the closed area into a water fun spot with sprayers and a splash spot.
“That pool over there we’re closing is four feet deep. You can’t take a baby in there without it being in its mother’s arms,” (With a) splash spot, they can run around. They are maybe 1/8 or 1/4 inches deep, if that.”
Parents like Elizabeth Burk, who used to work as a lifeguard at the pool, said the idea of a splash spot would definitely help.
“I have two younger girls and little girls, and I think that would be great if it’s like a splash zone for little kids,” said Burk. “I think a lot of moms and dads would love to bring their kids here.”