July 08, 2021

Public Makes Big Splash at City Pools in June

Horace Mann Pool Horace Mann Pool (City File Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)



RAPID CITY, SD—Attendance at the City’s outdoor pools for the first month of the summer season is making a big – in a word – splash!

            Blame it on the constant hot temperatures or the 21-month hiatus when pools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic or both, but the public is getting their fill of some quality H2O this summer.  Attendance for the first month of the summer at both the Horace Mann and Parkview pools is more than 50 percent higher than the numbers of 2019 and the attendance at the Jimmy Hilton pool at Sioux Park is more than double the attendance of two years ago.

            The attendance numbers at the Roosevelt Swim Center are virtually the same for the first month of this summer compared to the same period in 2019.

            “It’s been a very busy summer at the pools,” said City Recreation Specialist Emily Carstensen.  “It was a very hot June and the public sought relief at our pools.  We’ll see what the weather has in store for the rest of the summer but we were definitely pleased with the numbers for the first month of the summer season.”

            Compare these numbers:

POOL                         2019 Attendance        2021 Attendance

Horace Mann              4,574                           6,933

Hilton/Sioux Park       3,741                           8,412

Parkview                     3,782                           5,922

Swim Center               12,389                         12,375

            The numbers are a comparison between the dates of June 4 to July 3 of this summer compared to May 31 to June 29, 2019.


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