The indoor pool at the Winchester-Clark County Health and Wellness Center has received thousands of visits since opening last summer, while the center overall is supporting several new activities, according to a report Wednesday.
Parks Director Geri Remley told the Clark County Fiscal Court that people have visited the facility more than 9,000 times. That figure includes guests who have visited more than once.
At the same time, the center is hosting activities that range from water aerobics to kayak safety training.
“Everything we are doing at this point now is pretty much above and beyond what has been offered through the Parks Department and the Heath and Wellness Center,” Remley said. “There is a lot of new programming that is coming out, and the sky is really the limit for what we can do.”
According to her report, swim lessons have drawn 1,488 visits; water aerobics, 3,314; gym use, 9,346; walking track 29,600; swim club, 813, George Rogers Clark swim team, 424; dulcimer classes, 642; chess, 133; Zumba classes, 432; and senior aerobics, 784. Other activities, such as line dancing and scuba training, have attracted dozens of patrons, and emergency personnel have used to pool for water rescue training.
Remley said scuba diving is particularly interesting.
“It is amazing because we do not shut the pool down for it,” she said. “In the deep diving well, we actually have a bunch of people in scuba gear while other people are swimming over top of them.”
Remley added that the Parks and Recreation Department is still calculating numbers related to revenue. She expects to present that information to the court in a future report.
Clark County Judge-Executive Henry Branham said he would like to see more information on whether the pool is sustaining itself financially.
“It was a good report, and the numbers look encouraging,” he said.
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