Watertown’s pools welcomed nearly 17,000 swimmers this summer

Updated: Sep. 3, 2019 at 12:07 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - As Watertown city pools close for the year, officials say they saw above average attendance.

The pools shut down on Monday to conclude what the superintendent of the Parks and Recreation Department says was a good attendance year.

In total, the two public pools saw almost 17,000 guests - much higher than the five-year average of 13,000.

Now that city council has voted to move forward with a Thompson Park pool project, Superintendent Erin Gardner says it'll be one more option for people to enjoy.

"It'll definitely get used. People go up to the park on a daily basis. People bring their kids up to the splash pad, to the playground, to the zoo, so there's a lot of things going on in that one area. So we'll definitely have good attendance there," said Gardner.

Gardner says she does think it will be difficult to staff that third pool, but she can work on ways to solve that problem before next pool season.

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