Last updated: August 26. 2014 11:02PM - 973 Views
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Leitchfield Aquatic Center Director Sabrina Durbin recently addressed City Tourism regarding the facility’s first season and her plans for next year.

During the regularly scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 26 meeting of the Leitchfield Tourism Commission, Durbin said the two-and-a-half-month-long inaugural season of LAC saw the peak of its season in mid-July.

According to Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson, in July, the facility earned total revenue of $105,775.03, $10,000 of which derived from private rentals.

Additionally, Durbin said, Saturdays and Sundays were LAC’s busiest days, and LAC employees were complimented daily regarding the facility’s cleanliness and staff.

A total of 95 children went through the swimming lessons program, resulting in $3,114 in revenue. Durbin said in 2015, she’d like to hire eight instructors rather than six to address growing interest.

She said she’d also like to have lessons be held in the afternoon, raise the rate from $45 to $50, and offer lessons four days a week with the option of one-on-one lessons.

Durbin said she’d also like to make a number of changes to LAC operations in the 2015 season, the first of which being to put less of a focus on holding events on Friday nights, which often see lower attendance due to local sporting events.

Johnson said once school starts back, “Friday nights are dead.”

Durbin said she also wants to open LAC on June 1, 2015 and keep the facility open seven days a week with consistent hours set from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Additionally, she wants to hire 28 lifeguards, more of whom would be college-aged to allow the facility more operating hours after Grayson County Schools start back.

Johnson said the cost of hiring and training lifeguards for the 2015 season will likely be reduced now that the city has its own facility in which to certify lifeguards.

Durbin also wants to offer weekly specials and new birthday packages that, depending on the cost, will cover include entry to the facility and food, in addition to pavilion rentals.

Durbin will also receive her group fitness certification in November to begin teaching boot camp next year.

In other business:

*The Tourism Commission passed a motion to fund the $220 cost of sending Durbin, Johnson, and one other person to attend the Kentucky Parks and Recreation Conference in Owensboro.

*Johnson said updates are being made to the City Tourism brochures and website.

*The Tourism Commission passed a motion to spend up to $150 on candy for this year’s Halloween Safe Spot.

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