Photo: Underwood Pool, Belmont.
Preparing for the first full season of the still “new” Underwood Pool in the summer of 2016, members of the Recreation Commission told the Board of Selectmen Monday night, Dec. 15, that visitor season and daily passes will see significant increases as the town prepares for a deluge of swimmers beginning in June.
“Last year was a like a shakeout cruise,” said Recreation Commission Chair David Kane of the one month the pools were open in August. “We were just trying to understand what we need to do to be enjoyable.”
This coming year will be “more holistic,” said Kane, which includes the new price tag on using the facility.
While nearly all Belmont residents will not see an increase in tag prices for the 2016 swimming season, Kane said non-residents will feel the “bite” of a big increase for the pleasure of frolicking in Belmont’s new pools.
According to Kane, prices for Belmont residents will be:
- Family season pass (two adults, up to four children): $225 before June 30/$250 after July 1.
- Adult season pass: $150
- Child season pass: $110
- Day pass/adult: $10
- Day pass/child: $5
For non-Belmont residents, prices will be:
- Family season pass (two adults, up to four children): $375
- Adult season pass: $225
- Child season pass: $175
- Day pass/adult: $20
In comparison, two years ago the non-resident family pass was $225 and a year ago $265.
“It is high,” said Kane of the new costs, but noting the commission had received “some complaints of overcrowding on certain days” and there is some hope that the new price structure will deter some non-residents swimmers from coming.
Staff members will ask for identification to determine residency.
In addition, there will be a 25 percent military discount while seniors will no longer have the option of a lifetime charge of $50 a year.
When asked if Belmont should place a hard cap limit on the number of non-residents, commission member Ann Bere – who conducted a review of pricing patterns in neighboring communities – said the group will review the membership data in late May so “we’d know if non-resident passes is at a level where we’d be at a level that we would need to set a limit.”
Bere said she believes the new costs will self-limit the number of out-of-towners coming to the Underwood.