Mt. Vernon Register-News

November 29, 2013

Rates released for new Aquatic Zoo

The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — The fee schedule for the Mt. Vernon Parks and Recreation Aquatic Zoo have been released.

“We wanted them in place so people could have the option to purchase passes as Christmas gifts,” said George Bryant, Mt. Vernon parks and facilities director. “We are still working on the fees for things like swimming lessons, but most of the fees have now been set.”

Daily general swim rates for infants under the age of 2 years will be free; students for children 2 years to 17 years of age will be $6; adult for those 18 years to 64 years will be $8; and seniors 65 years and older will be $6. General swim hours will be Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Fees for season pass options are cheaper the earlier the passes are purchased. Christmas passes purchased from Dec. 9 through Dec. 20 are $68 for those 2 years through 17 years; $90 for adults; $212 for a family pass for a family of up to four members and $35 for each additional family member. Early season passes purchased from Jan. 2 through Feb. 28 are $71 for students, $94 for adults, $223 for family of four and $38 for each additional family member. Base prices for season passes purchased from March 1 through Aug. 10 are $75 for students, $99 for adults, $235 for family of four and $40 for each additional family member.

“There has been a tremendous amount of interest in the Aquatic Zoo,” Bryant said. “People have been screaming for these rates, in a happy way, of course.”

The facility will also be available for private rental with reservations accepted starting Jan. 2, with dates and times varying but mostly from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. The leisure pool, slides and lazy river will be $150 plus $1 per person per hour; the splash pad is $75 plus $1 per person for each hour; the lap pool is $75 plus $1 per person per hour; and the entire facility is $250 plus $1 per person each hour.

Bryant said the fee schedule was determined based on many factors.

“We wanted to put a great deal of thought into the fee schedule and the hours of operation,” Bryant said. “That thought started with the aquatic study that was done with the consultant. Now, we have been looking at comparable facilities and facilities in this region to determine the fees.”