The city of Lexington is far from closing pools because of declining attendance.

City-owned pools in the Kentucky municipalities experienced a 30.2 percent decrease in attendance from 2012 to 2014. Instead of shuttering any of the seven pools, though, the city will spend $150,000 finding out why fewer residents are showing up on deck. The city will put out a request for proposals at the end of February or early March. The consultants hired also will look at the possibility of staring an indoor aquatics center or a splash pad.

Attendance numbers were down in many areas last summer because of the slow start to summer and generally cooler weather in many areas, and Lexington officials note that the past two summers there have been wetter than normal.

Much like other cities that have revitalized public pools in their borders, Lexington wants input from residents: several town-hall style meetings will be scheduled.  Read More