Crowded at Fruita pool
By GARY HARMON
The Daily Sentinel
Swimmers might be waiting for a chance to ride the slide at the Lincoln Park-Moyer Swimming Pool, but at least they still can swim.
Unless they rise early or drive across the Grand Valley, swimmers in Fruita might not get wet at all.
So far this year, the Fruita pool has hit its 125-swimmer-and-sunbather capacity on 18 of the 45 days it has been open, Fruita recreation director Ture Nycum said.
That means the pool runs at capacity 40 percent of the time.
“Too many people want to stay cool,” Nycum said.
Last week, pool staff had to turn sunbathers away on four days, Fruita Mayor Ken Henry said.
In fast-growing Fruita, it’s not just more children using the pool. Adults are getting into the swim of things as well, using the pool early in the morning, Henry said.
Numbers for the towns’ pools in 2007 weren’t available, but Nycum estimated the Fruita pool reached capacity between 30 percent and 40 percent of the time last year.
On the east end of the Grand Valley, regular use of the Palisade municipal pool hasn’t hit the high-water mark seen in Fruita, but things are busy, town administrator Tim Sarmo said.
“We reach capacity regularly” on $1-admission Wednesdays at the pool, which can accommodate 126, Sarmo said.