(KCPW News) Salt Lake Community College's decision to close its south campus pool isn't a sign of financial crisis, says SLCC spokesman Joy Tlou. However, he says it was a financial decision.
"People need to realize that that pool is 42 years old. And it has an increasing balance of maintenance issues and things that come up. And when you are trying to deliver effective educational services to the community, it really is incumbent upon you as a public institution, as we are, to be as responsible as you possibly can with public money."
Tlou says the increasing maintenance, heating and staffing costs outweighed the number of swimmers using the pool. The college conducted a cost-benefit analysis prior to making the decision and determined it was losing $184,000 each year. Tlou says the college sought help from several community groups about potentially partnering to keep the pool open, but it was still too expensive. While the pool is out, the college is staying put, Tlou says.
"We have a commitment to that community in the south part of Salt Lake, and we will be there as long as the community wants educational services. And we have been in the past years.
The pool is expected to close August 10. Classes will continue to be offered at pools off-campus. Tlou says SLCC has not decided what it eventually will do with the facility, and does not know how much it will cost to fill it in.