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Extended pool hours result in slight cash surplus for Hinsdale

Hinsdale, IL

Hinsdale officials say keeping the Hinsdale Community Swimming Pool open seven days more than originally scheduled did not result in a loss of revenue.

According to Gina Hassett, director of parks and recreation for Hinsdale, revenue from the additional seven days totaled $4,040, while expenses related to staffing amounted to $3,520.13, resulting in a surplus of $520.

“We at least covered our payroll costs,” Hassett said.

During a meeting of the Administration and Community Affairs Committee tonight, Hassett said the additional days accommodated pool users who were upset with reduced back-to-school hours in 2010.

The pool was scheduled to be open this summer every day through Sunday, Aug. 15, with reduced weekend-only hours for the remainder of the summer season, ending Monday, Sept. 6.

But after many pool users sent e-mails to Hassett and elected officials, the village decided to keep the pool open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays through Aug. 24. All weekday users were charged a $5-per-person admission fee, even if they held summer season passes.

Hassett said final numbers have yet to be confirmed, but revenue this year was about $15,540 below budget, although some outstanding revenue has yet to be counted, including funds from summer camps, concession stand and Labor Day Weekend admissions.

“The revenue shortfall is expected to be closer to about $6,500,” Hassett said.

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