TROY — With Mother Nature cooperating this season, Troy Aquatic Park season pass sales are hot.
Approximately 515 pool memberships have been sold to date, compared to 414 sold last year, according to TAP director Carrier Slater. The TAP’s highest membership sales was 521 its first year of operation.
Slater reported the 23 percent jump in sales at the joint park and recreation board meeting on Wednesday.
“Mother Nature has definitely been on our side this year,” Slater said.”When it is hot and humid…we are definitely very busy at the pool.”
The pool has closed for two to three days so far this season due to weather.
“We are moving in the right direction. It’s very weather determined. When it is hot and humid, people are there,” she said. Slater said the next week’s forecast with high temperatures and humidity will lead to higher attendance at the TAP.
Slater said she has had positive feedback from first-time TAP attendees and overall it’s been a successful summer.
Swim lessons at the TAP have been popular at the pool this year as well. Slater said she has added additional sessions due to the wait list and its growing popularity. Slater also said she has added more staff to expand classes.
“I’ve had favorable comments about my instructors from the parents saying the instructors are doing a great job. I know that is probably helping, but numbers are increasing drastically,” Slater said. Slater said she has called several area pools to see if the lack of lessons are driving the TAP’s swim lesson numbers up.
“I’ve been trying to accommodate as many as we can, but I want them to have a nice lesson. I don’t want to bring too many into the lesson and not offer a good, quality program,” she said.
In other park and recreation department news:
Board of park commissioners President Alan Kappers asked the recreation board to let him or Park Superintendent Jeremy Drake know if there were recreation department needs in the city’s 28 parks to add to the 2017 park board budget requests.
Kappers said the park board tours all 28 parks to review maintenance issue and progress each year.
“If you see anything you need that we need to put in our capital improvements budget we are working on that this month and next month,” Kappers said.
Hobart Arena and Recreation Department Executive Director Ken Siler said the concert events at Treasure Island Park has drawn 1,500 to 1,800 people to the park so far. Siler said he expects the same amount of people, if not more, to this Saturday’s River Rock concert which features Parrots of the Caribbean, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Treasure Island Park.
“I think the venue itself, from a numbers perspective, with 1,800 people there it certainly was jam packed full, so it’s really great to see those kinds of numbers for these types of events,” Siler said.
Slater also reported 304 children participated in the 8th annual Kids Triathlon last Sunday. Slater said the attendance was down from last year’s 350 children, but she heard positive feedback from attendees throughout the event. The event raises money for the Miami County CASA/GAL organization. Slater said one change from last year was having older children go first then end with the younger participants. Slater said the change made the event go much smoother. Slater also said children participated 120 were from Miami County and the rest were from outside of the area, including Columbus, Cincinnati and even a child from Texas participated.
The Troy Skating Club held their annual competition earlier in the month. More than 275 skaters participated with many traveling from the Midwest to attend.
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