I’ve been watching the debate that’s taken place over our new recreation center and feel it’s time for me to comment as it relates to the option of opening its doors on Sunday.
I’d like to preface the discussion with the backdrop of understanding that this is not a religious-based debate. Where it’s made sense, we’ve opened amenities on Sunday. Our splash pad at Pioneer Park is a perfect example.
This afternoon in Council Work Session, a conversation over the rec center is scheduled and this subject will likely come up as the revenues of the facility are discussed.
At first blush, an argument can be made to allow patrons access to the building and pools each day of the week. We’ve come up with what we feel is a little better than rough cost of a Sunday opening.
Under the current model, we would spend roughly $4,300 a day at a minimum just to staff at bare bones levels. This gets us 8 employees to staff the Community Center, front desk, and fitness center. In addition, if the pools are open that’s 8 lifeguards for the indoor pool and 8 outdoors. We need 4 employees for the child watch, 6 cleaners, 2 maintenance workers, and a manager who has to be at the facility at all times.
When you multiply that over the 52 Sundays in the year it comes to $223,600. This is almost a quarter of a million dollars without any real additional revenue. If we shrink the hours to only being open from eleven to five which some have suggested, we land closer to the $90,000 a year.
In addition, we would need to add management-level staffing to accommodate for the extra day. That cost has not been factored into the numbers I’ve shared nor have some of the other intangibles.