Wading Pool budget cuts (or sponsorships)

March 1st, 2011 by Tommy Unger Leave a reply »

The City of Seattle is seeking sponsorships to help keep wading pools open this summer. Unfortunately, I suspect this might become one of the common themes of this website. Cutbacks at all levels of government in the US will trickle down to our parks. See the wading pool sponsorships press release for more details about how you can help keep them open. I know last summer I headed over to a wading pool only to be disappointed that it wasn’t open on a warm Sunday afternoon. It looks like that will be happening a lot more this summer. Fortunately, although they’re a bit more rare, it looks like our fountains will continue to be open and functional.

Thinking about these sponsorship costs has me wondering. What is the actual cost per hour/per day or per person of keeping a wading pool open? And that brings us to the first expense… Water. Seattle water prices happen to be some of the most expensive water prices in the country. A few cities with cheaper water than Seattle:

  • Phoenix
  • Salt Lake City
  • Los Angeles
  • Las Vegas
  • San Francisco

Our city, surrounded by water, one of the rainiest places in the country, with snowcapped mountains on the horizon, Seattle, has higher water costs than the driest desert cities in America. Something is fishy here. Maybe my random web search isn’t correct, but it seems like pretty good data: Water prices for 30 select cities

I suppose I’ll focus on enjoying our park’s natural water features in the form of beaches, lakes, and streams, and hope that a few Seattle businesses or individuals will help keep these wading pools open.

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