Season: May 27-Sept. 4
Operating hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and holidays; 1-6 p.m. Sunday
Admission: $3 per person; $50 individual season pass; $100 family season pass
Contact: 770-534-2365 or cityofoakwood.net/Recreation-Leisure.aspx
Oakwood’s city pool is set to open for the summer season Saturday under new private management after a five-year run with the Georgia Mountains YMCA ended last year.
City Council voted earlier this month to contract with SwimAtlanta Pool Management-Gwinnett in Lawrenceville to operate the pool in City Park off Railroad Street.
The $32,400 contract includes four lifeguards working during all times the pool is open. Also, the company says it maintains $20 million in liability insurance. All fees collected by SwimAtlanta go back to the city, and that’s how Oakwood anticipates paying for the company’s services.
“We’re just getting the pool prepped up and ready for opening day,” City Manager Stan Brown said last week.
Before this summer, Georgia Mountains YMCA had operated the swimming pool as part of an agreement including other operations at downtown buildings off Railroad Street.
“What we’re seeing is the membership hasn’t really evolved over the years,” Brown said last fall.
In going forward, “we’ll have to look at how we operate the pool with our lifeguards, like we did years ago," he said at the time.
The city had paid the YMCA $39,000 annually for its services and, in return, the YMCA had collected “the revenues off the pool, memberships and rental of the community building,” Brown said.
Brown said officials had hoped the YMCA would succeed.
“We would have liked to have seen a demand for more services and more programming, but we just haven’t seen it,” he said. “That tells me the need is being met in other places.”
YMCA CEO Amy Kienle said last fall she also was hopeful, but membership numbers told another story, as they had been down the previous 18 months.
She said she believes one of the issues the YMCA branch faced was low visibility.
Kienle said she appreciated the relationship with Oakwood and still would be open to working with the city on the pool’s operations.