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Hours Reduced at Springfield Public Pools

Springfield public pools will open for the season this weekend. But, as people will soon notice, the number of days each week the pools are open has been reduced. KSMU's Michele Skalicky explains.

Due to major cuts the Springfield-Greene Park Board was asked to make in its budget, hours at Springfield public pools have been limited to Thursday thru Sunday this summer instead of the Tuesday thru Sunday schedule that's been in place for the last several years. Jodie Adams is director of parks for Springfield/Greene County.

According to Adams, while admission is charged at the city's pools, they're not a moneymaker for the park board. And, she says, beside lifeguard salaries, there are other costs involved in operating the city's pools.

The Springfield/Greene County Park Board was asked to find $815,000 in expenses to cut from its budget. Adams says other things they cut back on were maintenance, supplies and travel. And, they slashed $660,000 from parks department salaries. The budget for Dickerson Park Zoo, which is under the Springfield/Greene County Park Board, was cut, too, mainly in the area of part-time salaries. And Adams says they ;may have to cut back on animal aquisitions as well. For KSMU News, I'm Michele Skalicky.