Record heat propels record attendance — and revenues — at Prairie Village pool

The yards are kaput. You can’t take a single step outside without breaking into a sweat. And the thought of walking the dog is shudder inducing.

But at least this summer’s record-setting early heat has been good for one thing: pool attendance.

Statistics through the first seven weeks of the Prairie Village municipal pool’s season show an increase in attendance of nearly 13 percent, with 5,500 attendees more than had passed through the turnstiles at this time last year.

And all that extra traffic has been good for city coffers. Chris Engel, the Assistant to the City Administrator who oversees pool operations, says receipts are up $19,337.98, or 19 percent, over last year at $117,769. By comparison, receipts through seven weeks during the 2009 season, when the weather was unusually cool, were just $89,023.

Engel said the jump in revenue has come from more than 2,000 extra walk-up attendees paying the daily $6 admission fee plus a $5,000 increase in concessions. Most of which, Engel reports, came from ice cream sales.