The Booneville City Pool opened for its 2013 run last Tuesday much like it did any other year, but still under highly different terms than it did in 2012.
A year ago city officials had hinted the pool would have to close if the pool had to be outfitted with wheelchair lifts to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
The best price Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins was able to find for such equipment — one mechanical and one manual lift — was $4,600, which he appeared unwilling to spend on a service that routinely loses money. A lot of it sometimes as was the case in 2011 when it was $17,000 in the red. In 2012 the loss was about $8,200.
While the ADA compliance issue was postponed and business was conducted as usual last year, the pool still lost money, which Wilkins said was at least somewhat expected.
"I think all pools lose money, but it is a service we provide for the kids and the senior citizens use it for exercise classes too," said Wilkins. "And they have it for pool parties."
Water exercise classes for ladies are currently scheduled as are swimming lessons at the pool.
This year, according to Booneville Water Department superintendent David Hardin, the main adjustment the city had to make at the pool was adding white paint to outline the edges of steps that allow entry and exit from the pool.
Even that was a bit challenging because the suggested color was black, which Hardin said was impossible to locate in the surrounding area.
The pool opened last Tuesday and, except July 4 and during inclement weather, the pool will be open every day between noon and 5 p.m. A single day pass is $3 for children 13 and up or $2 for those 12 and below. Single person season and family season passes are available.
For more information, or party reservations, call the pool at 675-4264.