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Forest Park pool fees proposed to increase
First of three public input meetings is May 17

EVERETT — Admission fees at the Forest Park Swim Center are proposed to increase in January.
The fees will be rising to meet the demands of competition but are still in the mid-range for admissions fees of other public pools in the area, according to the city.
Marianne Pugsley, head of the city’s aquatic programs, presented the proposed changes to the city parks board last week. Adult swim admission would be increased by 50 cents to become $5, senior admission by 50 cents to become $4.25, special needs admission by 75 cents to become
$4.25, family admissions by $2.25 to become $12 and youth admission by 50 cents to become $4.25.
There will be three public forums on the proposed changes in admissions prices before final recommendations and a fee schedule are decided.
The forums will be held at Spruce Hall at Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., on Thursday, May 17 from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 22 from 12:30-2 p.m. and a final forum will be held during the regularly scheduled June 12 parks board meeting at Spruce Hall at 6 p.m.
The prices will place Forest Park’s admission fees comparatively above Marysville and Lake Stevens’ public pools, but generally below or even to the admission prices for the Snohomish Aquatic Center and the public pools in Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and at Snohomish County’s McCollum Park.
The city parks department, not the City Council, sets pool admission fees.
While the proposed fees only affect the Forest Park pool, it was covered at the meeting that public admission fees for the new Everett YMCA pools will be slightly higher than those of Forest Park because of the different types of pools that the YMCA will offer. These fees have not been discussed in detail yet, though.
Pugsley said that most other public pools go through the same process with their admission fees yearly. 
“It’s really important to us,” she said, “we want to be affordable as well as offer a really good value.” 


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