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Middletown Community Pool also cuts rates, gains memberships

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 5/23/18

The Middletown Swim Club is one of two swimming-pool options available to area residents.

The other is the Middletown Community Pool on South Union Street, which is owned by the borough.

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Middletown Community Pool also cuts rates, gains memberships

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The Middletown Swim Club is one of two swimming-pool options available to area residents.

The other is the Middletown Community Pool on South Union Street, which is owned by the borough.

As with the swim club, the borough pool has reduced rates going into the 2018 season, in an effort to be more affordable and to increase membership.

The rate for families who live within Middletown Area School District has been reduced to $175, said Sue Layton-Klinger, director of the Olmsted Recreation Center, which runs the borough pool.

The rate had been $225 for a family of four, with each additional person in the family costing another $15. Now, the whole family is covered for the flat fee of $175, regardless of how many people are in the family.

The rate for a family residing outside the school district also was reduced, to $225. Also reduced was the single membership for both in-district and out-of-district residents.

Layton-Klinger said she decided to reduce rates after researching many other public pools owned by municipalities in the region.

She asked what they are doing to succeed, and several told her that they have been able to increase membership by lowering rates.

Memberships are up about 25 percent compared to this time in 2017, Layton-Klinger said.

She said she is optimistic memberships will increase further, as many people typically wait until just before the start of the season to join the pool.