Parks and Rec officials welcome July heat

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Parks and Recreation officials say June's attendance was 20,000 fewer than last year. Now, though, all the people who were avoiding the pool over the past few weeks are making up for list time.

Officials say all the rain over the past few weeks put a huge dent in pool attendance this year. We also haven't had too many 90 degree days which really help drive people to the pool. June visits were down by 20,000 across Lexington's pools, but since we're finally starting to feel some real July weather, Parks and Recreation officials are ready for attendance to bounce back

"Everyone can put away the canoes and paddles! The sun's come out, the mercury's rising, and as you can see behind me, Southland Aquatic Center is hopping!" said Lexington Parks and Recreation's Brian Rogers.

Even though attendance was down so much, Parks and Recreation officials said revenue stayed fairly flat. They attribute that to all the advance season passes they sold.

Michelle Ison is a season pass holder and she plans to make the city pool a second home this summer, "Every single day that it's sunny. Sometimes twice a day. We can do one pool in the morning and another pool in the afternoon."

If you're interested in heading out to the pool, admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children.

While some many complain it's too hot, you won't find much complaining on behalf of the Parks and Recreation staff.

"We're hoping this is going to continue and our season will improve," adds Rogers.

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