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Jennings Sunday: After banner year at pool, attention turns to soccer

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NORTH VERNON — The swimsuits, sunblock, tanning lotions and beach towels have been packed away, but not before revenue from the municipal swimming pool at North Vernon City Park fell just short of a season record.

The facility earned $27,910. Over the past 13 years, only 2008 brought in more money.

Paid attendance was 13,074, the most since 2008.

“I felt like the heat might have kept a number of people away,” North Vernon Parks Director Chad Speer said. “It was steady. However, I didn’t notice the large crowds like when you have 500 people in one day.”

But the season attendance didn’t even come close to breaking a record.

Attendance figures were 6 percent below 2008 and 15 percent lower than the record summer of 2006. Compared with the turnout since 1999, the number of Jennings County residents who came for a cooling dip was just slightly above average.

The pool originally was scheduled to remain open through Labor Day. But because neither the weather nor the chlorine levels were cooperative, the 2012 swimming season came to an abrupt end a couple of days early on Sept 1.

Speer and his staff don’t have much time to reflect back on the summer, which officially ended Saturday.

As chillier weather settles into the region, the Parks Department is preparing to launch its fall soccer league Tuesday.

The parks director estimates they will have 375 kids participating on 40 teams. Games will be played Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of October.

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