Borough dives into pool management
A year after completing major updates and upgrades to the Souderton Community Pool, borough officials have decided to take another plunge.
The borough has contracted with the YMCA for about a decade to run the pool, but that contract won’t be renewed next year, officials said at Souderton Borough Council’s Sept. 10 public works work session.
“It’s a brand new facility. We’d like to just get out and try it on our own,” Mike Coll, borough manager, said.
The reason for the change is to make it possible to add programs, officials said.
“We used to have family fun nights or other types of activities we’d like to get back to,” Coll said.
Flick ‘n floats, in which movies are shown at the pool, are another possibility, he said.
“Their charter as a Y limits the types of activities they can partici- pate in,” council member Jeff Gross said. “The contract we have with them doesn’t suffice anymore.”
The contract also is based on the pool being open for only a specified number of hours, Coll and Gross said, but additional programs could be added outside those hours if the change is made.
“We would have more flexibility in experimenting with special events,” Coll said.
The Y currently offers zumba and swimming lessons, which will continue, Brian Goshow, council president, said.
The borough is still working on figuring out which additional programs to offer, he said.
The outdoor pool at Wile Avenue and Reliance Road is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
This year’s contract was for $90,000, Coll said.
The change probably won’t decrease the borough’s costs, Goshow said.
“It might be a wash from a financial standpoint,” he said, “but you provide more services.”