‘Poopetrators’ cost BG pool about $5,000 PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:26
File photo. A lifeguard (left) keeps watch while people use the lazy river during the grand opening of the Bowling Green City Pool. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Fecal accidents have closed Bowling Green's aquatic complex three times since it opened June 15, frustrating patrons and staff, and costing an estimated $5,000 in revenue.
Director of Parks and Recreation Dr. Michelle Grigore told the Board of Parks and Recreation Tuesday night that closings indicate how seriously the staff takes the incidents. She said time was taken to attempt track down the "poopetrators," which drew a chuckle from board members.
Grigore said one of the incidents was been traced to a 6-year-old. In cooperation with a parent, a youngster was banned from the pool for a week and there have been no recent incidents. Grigore said a group of four boys was apparently "passing gas" and watching the bubbles rise to the surface when one incident occurred.
"Many people assumed the problems were with much younger children, but that does not appear to be the case. When this happens we have to close the pool at least 22 hours and inject a huge amount of chlorine to kill any bacteria. This is serious because it is a human health issue," Grigore said. "The incidents have cost us an estimated $5,000 in revenue."
Announcements are being made asking parents and guardians to remind children to use the restrooms at the facility.
The pool has continued to be a busy place, Grigore said. "We knew this would be a learning experience for everyone with a new facility. I have been pleased that many people who have had criticisms have also taken the time to offer suggestions," she said.
The board discussed the possibility of offering a grandparents pass, similar to a season pass, that would allow grandparents with visiting grandchildren to use the pool at a rate that might be less than daily entrance fees. Grigore said family passes already allow a grandparent to be added for a fee. Also discussed was a military discount for the pool and the Community Center. The board deferred action on both until its annual budget review in the fall. Any changes would be effective in 2014.
The board also:
• Heard the trail in the Tucker Woods portion of Wintergarden/St. John's Nature Preserve remains closed due to tree damage from recent storms. City crews are clearing the area. Grigore said much work remains to be completed.
• Learned proceeds from the BG Parks and Recreation Foundation will go to a new fund campaign, that will be revealed the night of the event Sept. 27. The $22,000 from the 2012 event was split between a fund for soccer/athletic fields and the endowment for Simpson Garden Park.

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