In the deep end: Area facilities awash in fun, not funds

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What came as a shock in Greenwood isn’t a surprise elsewhere in Indiana — aquatic centers do well if they earn enough to pay their bills, but few, if any, make a profit, officials said.

Greenwood officials have said for years that, if the city built an aquatic center that also had water slides and a lazy river, the city could recover its costs and possibly earn a profit from the pool park.

But pool engineering firm Counsilman-Hunsaker studied Greenwood’s designs — which include a lap pool, water slides, a leisure pool and a lazy river for inner tubing — and reported the opposite. The company predicted Greenwood would spend, at minimum, $200,000 more per year to operate the pool park than it would earn from admissions or renting the facility for parties.

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