Despite noticeably cooler weather, the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center posted a net profit last summer, according to a report (PDF: West Cook YMCA Pool Report) presented by West Cook Aquatic Director Kim Polk and Chief Operations Officer David Parsons at a Jan. 14 Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting. The positive financial report complimented improved attendance numbers over 2013.
Last year, the pool posted a net profit of $4,374, as opposed to a $41,000 loss in 2013. Year-over-year attendance improved by 43 percent, with 1,360 visitors checking into the pool in 2014 versus 950 visitors the previous year. The YMCA’s goal for 2014 was 950 visitors.
“This tremendous success is attributed to our partnership with the Village trustees, the investment made by the Village, West Cook staff and members as well as greater operational oversight to ensure we kept staff and operational expenses well within budget,” according to the report.
Last year, the West Cook YMCA and the Village of Maywood drafted an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) that entailed the village contributing half of the funds needed for the pool’s operation and splitting half of the profits.
The successful financial numbers were realized in spite of last season’s much cooler weather overall, “which resulted in 69 operating days, 41 of those days were below 80 degrees which in our estimation had an adverse effect on attendance,” the report read.
“The weather also meant the pool was closed for 18 days of the 69 or 26% of the time due to weather being below 73 degrees,” it stated.
Polk said that, when the weather was cool, leading to closures and/or low attendance, staff was consequently cut back.
At the Jan. 13 LLOC meeting, the West Cook officials requested that the village board direct staff to begin working on an IGA as soon as possible in order to ramp up preparations for the 2015 season.
But despite their request that a 2015 contract be drafted before the end of January, board members, in addition to Acting Village Manager David Myers, noted that this deadline would more than likely need to be extended.
West Cook officials listed the following priorities to be addressed before the pool opening:
Priority No. 1:
- Critical and will save money in the long run complete before open in May Estimated Cost
- Main pool pump needs rebuilding about $1300 vs purchasing a new pump which can costs $7,0001,300
- Basement electrical room needs work new breaker panels ‐ all water damage, pretty sure that will be costly
- Repair the crack/leak in the bottom of the pool
- Roof issues Find and repair the leak in the pipes to the elephant in the Kiddie Pool so it works.
- Water leaks behind the toilets
Priority No. 2:
- These investments are low cost and will be appreciated by both visitors and staff
- An additional lifeguard chair in the shallow end
- Replace or repair the turnstiles
- Seal the pool office and put in an air conditioner
- A shade structure or several umbrellas and tables
Priority No. 3:
- Very important but very clostly and time consuming goal for 2016
- Pool heater to take the chill off and can open earlier and during cool days
- Lights in the pool