With summer temperatures heating up and kids getting out of school for the summer, many households will be looking for a good place to cool off over the next few months. However, going to the city pool is no longer an option for many area residents.
City pools are becoming a thing of the past, as both Chewelah and Kettle Falls were forced to close their pools due to funding issues. Only Colville has been able to keep up with the financial demand of maintaining and operating their 70 year-old pool.
All three pools were built during the 1950s and 60s and have recently begun to experience structural and mechanical issues.
The Chewelah pool, originally built in 1968, closed in 2013 both due to a leak and an inability for the city to maintain the operating costs. The pool was leaking up to 2,500 gallons of treated water a day and fixing the leak was estimated to cost between $300,000 and $400,000. At present, the city plans to demolish the pool.
Kettle Falls has fared no better on being able to maintain the cost of their pool, a roughly $50,000 per year expense. The Kettle Falls pool was closed in 2013. A Parks and Recreation district has been created to try and raise funds for the pool expenses, but it is estimated the district’s tax base will only be able to generate $13,000 per year. There are no plans to open the pool in 2016.
Colville is the only city that has been able to fund the costs of their pool and will open for the 2016 season on June 14. Operating expenses for the Colville pool average $88,000 a year, with pool revenue logging in at around $21,000. The pool facilities include the 60 x 30 foot pool, a 30 x 25 shallow pool and a wading pool outside. The Colville City pool also offers swimming lessons and hosts the Colville “Sharks” swim team.
However, while city pool options may have diminished in recent years, the area does have an abundance of local lakes with swimming options. Listed below are some options for places in Stevens County to swim this summer:
Open Monday-Friday, 12 noon to 7 p.m. Swimming lessons also available. Call 684-6084.
BENNY’S COLVILLE INN (INDOOR POOL)
$6 for adults, $4 for children, open 1-10 p.m, Monday thru Sunday, call 684-2517 for details.
Silver Beach Resort, 937-2811, $4 per person
Winona Beach Resort, 937-2231, $3.75 per person
Waitts Lake Resort, 937-2400
JUMP OFF JOE LAKE
Jump Off Joe Lake Resort, 937-2133, $5 adults, $3 kids
BROWNS LAKE (PRIVATE LAKE)
Access available by annual subscription fee. Student/Youth – $75, Single Adult Household – $150. Family – $200. For more information, contact the Browns Lake Recreation Association, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Roosevelt offers many day-use and camping areas. To see a complete list with camping fees and other details, visit: www.nps.gov/laro
Popular swimming and camping sites include:
Bradbury Beach (Day use only)
Colville Flats (Day use only)