Local News

Heavy Rains No Boon for Swimming Pools

Posted August 5, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— All the wet weather we have had recently has taken a toll on some businesses that rely on great summertime weather to turn a profit. For water parks and public swimming pools, the damage has been done.

Attendance at such spots dropped sharply in July, due to all the rain. In fact, that soggy month saw 25 days with a trace or more of rainfall.

Silver Lake, a privately owned attraction in Raleigh, had only half its usual attendance Sunday, and employees believe it is the threat of more bad weather that keeps people away.

Lake Johnson also has seen its attendance fall off.

For private water parks and pools, the owner's bottom line is affected; for public facilities that bottom line is part of a city or county budget.

Sunday, the sixth day of August, was the first day of the month that Triangle residents did not have to turn on windshield wipers or get out their umbrellas.