KENNEWICK, Wash. - The City of Kennewick has closed its pool for the season, one week earlier than other Tri-City pools.
With the Benton Franklin Fair in town, managers at the Kenneth Serier Memorial Pool say there is just too much going on. The city says people getting on buses headed to the fair tend to take up parking for pool patrons and employees, making it too hard for people to go swimming.
Now, to avoid losing money, the city closes the pool while the fair is in town.
"It's a great community event," said pool manager Valerie Brutzman, "We love that it's successful, but it wasn't successful for us. We didn't make money. We lost money. Paying people to sit for nothing, for no action, we were bringing in zero revenue."
Brutzman says the splash park at the pool will stay open through Labor Day or longer if the weather allows.
The Richland and Pasco city pools are open until this Sunday, August 25th.