Local cities are seeing a lot of green this summer as temperatures soar and people are flooding into their aquatic centers, pools and splash pads.
Last year at this time, Roy's Aquatic Center had been closed 15 days in June because of cold and rainy weather. This year, the pool has been closed only one day. The Lorin Farr pool in Ogden reports the same schedule.
"Our attendance has dramatically increased," said Julie Cragun, director of the Roy Aquatic Center and Roy Complex regarding the record high temperatures the last few weeks.
Attendance is especially surging on the weekends with many pools reaching capacity levels, she said.
North Ogden City Manager Ron Chandler said the North Ogden Aquatics Center had its best June to date.
Revenues are up 11 percent from last fiscal year and up 8 percent from the pool's best year in history, he said.
"You can attribute this to some new marketing campaigns, additional exercise classes/lap swimming and, of course, the heat. The heat has certainly increased the pools' popularity during the past month," Chandler said.
In Riverdale, Community Services Coordinator Jeannette Hall said the splash pad is popular all the time, no matter what the weather is.
"It's always busy because it's popular with residents," she said.
Ed Bridge, recreation manager for Ogden, said the city has noticed an increase in the number of people at the Lorin Farr pool, and has also noticed people coming earlier because of the heat.
"Doors open at noon and we always have people lining up, waiting for us to open," Bridge said
Layton Surf-n-Swim has also seen an increase.
"The hotter it gets, the more people we have here," said Surf-n-Swim cashier Bethany Jaco.
It's hard to tell how many are there at one time because of the swimming pool, grassy areas and wave pool, but they have reached capacity on the wave pool, Jaco said.
At any rate, most officials reported that the temperature surge has been good for the cities financially.
There hasn't really been a downside to the increase in attendance, said Bridge, who added that the city was making sure it was "staffed up" to handle all the people coming in. But that is a win-win for the teenaged lifeguards who are getting plenty of hours, he said.
Despite Roy's pool prices going up 50 cents per person this season, Cragun said, they have had no complaints. She attributes that to the heat, saying people are eager to get cool.
"People may come and not know we raised our prices," Cragun said.
The pool typically sits at capacity every day, which is about 1,000 people, Cragun said.
Occasionally they have to make people wait outside until the numbers decrease, but that hasn't been a huge problem.
"Many people like to lay out by the pool, which is surprising because it's so hot," Cragun said. "They climb in (the pool) for a second and lay out on the grass," she said.
At times when the pool has been at capacity, the city puts out a sign directing people to the Roy Complex, which has an indoor pool. They have seen good results from that as well.
"We have just been busy at both places. I hope it stays this way all year," Cragun said.
Chandler and Bridge agreed.
"It is a cool place to be when it is so hot," Chandler said.