PENDLETON - Cold weather kept some people out of the water at the Pendleton Aquatic Center this summer.

Season pass sales were up but daily admissions were down this year. Regardless, concessions sales set a record, according to final figures from the city.

Overall, the season's revenue at the city-owned aquatic center totaled $265,548, down 6.5 percent from last year's record $283,883. In fact, this year's total revenue was the fourth-lowest of the past five seasons. In 2000, the center took in $259,199.

Lynette Gilliland, city recreation coordinator, said when season pass sales are up daily admissions generally are down, but the difference this year was drastic.

"It is from the cold weather we had the last two weeks in August," she said, noting that revenue was down $13,000 this year in those two weeks compared with 2003.

"In fact, there were four days we opened but nobody came," she said. "That's the first time that's happened since we've been open."

The aquatic center opened in 1998.

"This is the first year that we've had such cold weather at the beginning and at the end," she said. "Last year we didn't have any, we just had a great year for everything."

The center also closed early three days because of thunderstorms, Gilliland said.

Daily admissions brought in $111,055, this year, down 13.7 percent from the record $128,682 collected last year. The aquatic center recorded 26,082 youth, 14,436 adults and 442 seniors using the facilities this year.

Gilliland said the adult-to-youth ratio this year was 1 to 1.75. Season pass sales were up 6 percent, totaling $55,035, second only to $59,633 in 2001.

Swimming lessons generated about the same as last year, $9,660.

Other revenue, such as private parties, locker rentals and shelter reservations was $15,305 this year, the lowest since 2000 when such records were first kept.

Eight private parties were canceled because of cold weather.

Sales of concessions, however, set a record at $74,494, up 2 percent from last year.

The Pendleton Aquatic Center will reopen next Memorial Day weekend. Gilliland said no changes are planned unless a proposed bond issue passes that would pay for addition of a $125,000 spray park at the aquatic center for elementary age children.

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