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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Aquatic Center hours to be extended

  • On Wednesday, members of the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department were interviewing potential summer staff workers for the Aquatic Center.
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  • On Wednesday, members of the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department were interviewing potential summer staff workers for the Aquatic Center. Returning pool employees were discovering that their work day will be longer in 2014 than it was last year.
    “We’re opening at noon. We used to open at 1 (p.m.). We’re staying open later two days a week, until 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. On Saturdays we’re opening up two hours earlier at 11 (a.m.),” said Mary Lynne Richards, assistant supervisor for promotion and planning for the Parks and Recreation Department.
    Why the change?
    “We are trying to get more people to come to the Hannibal Aquatic Center,” said Richards. “Every once in a while we hear from people who say, ‘Oh, I really want to go to the pool, but it closes too early.’ People who weren’t able to come to the pool before, this will give them a chance. We’re really excited about it.”
    This is not the first time the Aquatic Center’s schedule has been altered.
    “We have messed with the hours in the past and we didn’t get much response, but we think our society is changing a little bit. We think that there are working mothers, working fathers that want to be able to use our facility and we want to give them that chance,” said Richards.
    Extending the hours will mean more hours that employees will have to be at the pool.
    “We’re not going to save money with it, it’s actually costing us a little bit more money, but we hope that will be offset a little bit by more people attending the pool,” said Richards.
    Already one position has been eliminated at the pool.
    “We will not have a basket-room employee any more because we’ll have lockers,” said Richards. “We’ve really seen from other park and rec associations across the nation that they don’t have basket rooms, they have coin-operated lockers. People don’t use the basket room much.”
    Following the upcoming pool season major work is planned at the Aquatic Center.
    “The whole filter system is going to be completely replaced,” said Richards.
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