Visitors to the Tumut and Adelong pools have more than doubled this year, compared to the same time last year. Snowy Valleys Council records show that during October 2020, patronage at the two pools was more than double what it was in October 2019.
The SVC received $2,832,945 in government grants to regulate water temperature at the Adelong and Tumut pools and staff say the new pool blankets and solar panels installed at both pools earlier this year have made a positive impact on the water temps.
Tumut mother Meaghan Rotgans said her three young children have enjoyed the upgrades to the pool.
“We have been to the pool for swimming lessons the past couple of weeks, as well as once or twice just for fun,” she said. “We’ve hung around before and after the lesson because the weather has been warm and the water is a much more pleasant temperature this year,”
Mrs Rotgans said even her baby had been in the water,
“She had fun in her floatie ring,” she said.
“All the kids love the baby pool and the middle sized pool and each time we’ve been there have been lots of other kids, mums, and dads loving it too.”
The warmer temperatures have been popular all around. Pool staff at the Tumut pool recorded October water temperatures at an average 24 degrees versus 18.5 degrees at the same time last year, and say that feedback from patrons has been very positive.
Tumut swimmer Virginia Robinson swims laps at the pool most mornings.
“I think it is a vast improvement and is quite tastefully done,” she said. “I love the temperature of the water and how it has extended the swim season. The covered area on the steps is great, too.”
Lap swimmers have also commented on the ‘pool ducks’ which take up residence each year. A SVC spokesperson said the ducks have been at the pool for roughly five weeks and are expected to stay around until the ducklings can fly. They come from from the nearby Pioneer Park ponds and aside from causing a small mess (which pool staff have to clean up), they aren’t seen to be causing any damage and will be left to move in and out of the area.
The pool also hosted an underwater rugby demonstration last Sunday, with players from Canberra Underwater Rugby mixing with locals. Gear was available to borrow and entry fees were waived.
Despite the overall increase in daily visits, the number of after hours pool passes has remained steady throughout the past year. As of the end of October 2020, 102 after hours pool passes had been issued, which is approximately the same as at the end of October 2019.