ENID, Okla. — Champlin Swimming Pool proved a popular summer attraction this year, bringing in 8,500 visitors between May 28, when it opened for the season, and when it closed Thursday.

This is a significant increase over the previous summer, when Champlin saw just under 6,000 visitors, Cory Buller, city of Enid Parks and Recreation supervisor, said.

"We had a pretty great year," Buller said, largely crediting the uptick in attendance to new programs and activities offered at the pool, coupled with a relatively low entry cost.

Swimming lessons, available three times a day, and included with $3 admission, "really boosted the numbers," he said.

Pool manager Kim Haley, now in her second year, agrees swimming lessons and "aqua cardio" offerings drew in a lot of people looking to beat the heat. She provided most of the instruction herself, with some help from life guards on staff.

These activities aren't brand new to Champlin, she said, but they "really took off this year." More instructional times were scheduled this season, including the addition of a morning swim class, and the slots were well attended.

The pool's appearance also may be helping drive visitation, Buller said. Keeping the 500,000-gallon pool looking clean and clear has, in the past, been a challenge for the city. Buller said Champlin is looking better these days, and as a result, people are more eager to take a dip.

"The water's been crystal clear the last couple of years," he said. The facility has at its disposal three certified aquatic facility operators, which Buller describes as a "higher tier of qualification for a pool maintenance person."

"Our maintenance guys are really doing an awesome job," he said.

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Willetts is education and city reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.
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