Denbighshire County Council is set to introduce a fee for using the paddling pool at the Drift Park in Rhyl.
The pool is an important facility on the town’s promenade and is used by residents and visitors to the town. The pool has a surrounding wall for safety purposes and staff regularly check the water quality. The pool is lifeguarded and supervised when it is open and all staff are qualified in first aid.
From May 22, the Council will be asking for £2 admission per person. People using the facility will receive a wrist band as evidence of purchase which will allow them to come and go as they please throughout the day. This will include free use of the toilet facilities.
The Council does intend to introduce family concessions.
Jamie Groves, Head of Communication, Marketing and Leisure, said: “The operation of the pool costs £40,000 in staffing and maintenance every year. In the past the Council has not generated income from operating the pool, but it needs to find savings as part of the Council’s overall budget cuts. Introducing a small fee for operating the pool is a way to keep this valued and well-used pool operating.
“Many of our visitors tell us that they are surprised that no charge has been made for using the pool in the past. We hope that people will understand the position and will recognise the need for us to introduce a small fee. People can use the pool all day and we firmly believe it offers quality, value for money fun for the whole family.”