In its second year of operation, Grandview Heights' municipal pool continues to make a big splash.
Overall revenue for the 2018 season was about $310,000, an increase of about $30,000 over the previous season, said Mike Patterson, the city's parks and recreation director.
"That's total pool revenue from daily admissions and season passes," Patterson said.
The city still is determining a breakdown of total attendance for the season, he said.
The $6.2 million facility, which opened in May 2017, includes two pools -- a leisure pool with dual water slide and a lap pool with diving well.
The facility also includes additional seating with umbrellas, a covered shade area and a new concession stand.
Revenue bascially has doubled since the pool opened, Patterson said.
"In 2015 and 2016, our total revenue range was around $130,000 to $150,000," he said. "We've seen daily admission revenue grow from $40,000 to $60,000 per year to about $110,000 to $120,000 this summer."
It's difficult to determine how many visitors paying admission to the pool are residents and how many are from other communities, Patterson said.
"Just the population growth in the 43212 ZIP code alone is helping bring more people to our pool," he said.
The pool itself is popular, Patterson said.
"We have people who come just to make use of our lap pool to get some exercise in," he said.
"The variety of depths we offer, down to a zero-depth entry, means that families with different age children can come to the pool."
The dual slides -- one with a tunnel and one open ended -- are particularly popular with youngsters, recreation supervisor Marta Durban said.
"We had a great level of participation at the pool, from the daily attendance through the (Tri-the-Heights) youth triathlon and dog swim we held at the end of the season," she said.
"We just have a great facility," Patterson said. "The design process involved a lot of public meetings and gathering feedback from the public and that allowed us to include the kind of amenities that people wanted."
For the most part, the larger crowds coming to the pool have not resulted in many problems, he said.
"We've tried to be a little more upfront giving notice about the pool rules this year," Patterson said. "We posted the rules on our website and at the pool, and I think people are more aware of the rules."
Coolers and backpacks are subject to search, but a few people still manage to sneak alcohol into the facility, he said.
"We'll find evidence of that in the trash after closing," Patterson said. "Every facility is going to have a few people who flaunt the rules."
When temperatures reached 90 degrees, parking could be a bit of a problem, he said.
The pool closed for the season on Labor Day and already is being prepared for the winter, Patterson said.
"Since it's a new facility, there aren't going to be many repairs to do," he said. "We will be doing some turf repairs on the greenspace areas of the pool. They aren't torn up, but with the crowds we get, they do take some pounding."
The pool will open for the 2019 season May 25.