Dunking kids under water might be a thing of the past at Pasco's Richardson Park, but trying to dunk a basketball could be more popular than ever.
The city plans to build a second basketball court at the park on West Pearl Street, just east of 20th Avenue, said Rick Terway, Pasco's administrative and community services director, during a Monday city council workshop.
The court would replace a swimming pool that was closed in 2012 after a major pump failure.
The city plans to demolish the pool, which never reopened, later this fall.
The city also closed the pool at Kurtzman Park in east Pasco, and opened a spray park at the site this year. While a spray park was discussed for Richardson Park at one point, Terway said basketball was a better option.
"We see the basketball court just gets used tremendously," he said.
A spray park wasn't needed at Richardson because it is close enough to Memorial Park, which has Pasco's one remaining full-size pool, Terway said.
The city likely will build a water park next when it opens a large park in the northwest part of town, which it looks to do within five years.
The city would like to build the basketball court later this fall near the site of the pool, Terway said. The cost is estimated at $35,000.
Terway also gave a report on Memorial pool, saying it has done well since it became the only city-owned pool. It saw a slight increase in visitors in 2014, up to 22,907 from last year's 22,380. Total revenue also grew to $136,151 from $128,984 in 2013.
Adults pay $5 to use the pool and kids pay $3, Terway said. Just under 2,300 people also took swimming lessons this summer.
The Memorial pool features what Terway said is the only 50-meter lap pool in the Tri-Cities, as well as two slides, a leisure pool and spray toys.
Councilman Al Yenney asked Terway how the first year at the Kurtzman spray park had gone. Terway said it did well, but the city doesn't keep attendance figures.
"Every time I went by there seemed to be a lot of people there," he said.
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