Weather put a damper on the use and revenue of both the Storm Lake city pool and the municipal golf course this past season.
Swimming pool revenue is down somewhat, perhaps due in part to newer aquatic centers opening in surrounding cities - as well as poor weather early in the season. For the 2001 season, revenue was $31,455, compared to $32,400 the previous year. There were 169 season passes bought in 2001, down from 194 in 2000. Daily admissions actually increased, however, from 5,778 in 2000 to 6,342 this season. Swimming lessons declined at the pool from 148 last year to 107 for 2001.
In comparison, the newer aquatic center in Spencer had a rise in revenue for 2001, more than $71,000; record attendance topping 35,500; plus over 730 season passes sold, an increase of almost 100 from last year.
A Storm Lake committee is forming plans for a modern aquatic center to replace the Storm Lake city pool, which would as initially proposed be larger than the Spencer facility, with water slides and other features, plus a "lazy river" ride no other city pool in Iowa offers. A bond issue vote could be held early next year.
Currently, the Storm Lake golf course is winding down its season with 12,119 rounds played, compared to 14,575 in 2000 and 15,240 in 1999. Total golf membership is also down slightly, at 369 compared to 376 a year ago. The total revenue for the course stands at $147,692 with the season nearly complete. It saw over $157,000 in 1999 and over $168,000 in 2000.
The city also has plans for that area, with a proposal on the table to buy the adjacent Harbor House site, which the city council would like to convert to green space as a part of the public parks system. The owner has not yet responded to the offer, city officials indicate.