Updated: February 18, 2013 1:17AM
ANTIOCH — The village’s new aqua center will cost more to operate and pool fees will have to cover some of the higher expenses.
“We are going to have a beautiful facility. There are 14,000 people in our town who would love to use our pool,” said Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Roby.
With a new aqua center that doubles the size of the previous pool comes additional expense, including more staff and higher operating costs. To keep up with higher costs, but still remain competitive with neighboring facilities in Gurnee, Grayslake and Round Lake, pool fees will increase.
Roby said user fees for the new facility that will open Memorial Day 2013 will have to generate revenue of $88,507 to meet projected expenses, assuming attendance increases by 250 percent over last year. “That is my conservative estimate,” he said.
The daily fee for ages four and older will increase from $4 to $6. Individual pool passes will be raised from $50 to $70 for residents and increase to $80 for nonresidents. A season pass for a family of four will go up from $165 to $200 for residents and $225 for nonresidents. Additional family members can be added for $35 each for residents and $50 per person for nonresidents.
A higher fee for nonresidents will be charged because village residents are funding construction costs for the new facility in addition to any operational losses associated with it, said Roby. The lower fees are available to village residents only.
The new fee schedule will be published in the January community newsletter and early-bird discounts of $10 will be available for individual and family passes starting Feb. 4 through March 29. A $5 discount will be available in April and the full price will be charged beginning May 1. The discounts will be available to residents and nonresidents.
Discounts are also available for purchasers of the Save, Swim and Win cards, with proceeds from the purchase going toward additional play equipment for the new pool. The cards are available for $25 and holders can use the card to save $15 on a pool pass in addition to discounts at other local retailers and restaurants.
Cards are available from the parks and recreation department, 806 Holbek Drive, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (847) 395-2160.