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Malta Pool sees huge numbers following delayed start


An empty Malta Municipal Pool is a rarity these days as swimmers flock there to beat the heat this summer.

At the first Malta City Council meeting of July, Malta Municipal Pool Manager Kelly Cederberg had some pleasant, perhaps surprising news when she updated the council on the pool season.

"The pool opened a few days late, but is good to go now," she said.

The pool's delayed opening followed construction on the new bathhouse (currently, the pool is using a mobile bathhouse provided by Malta's Duane Murray, saving the City of Malta money) as well as trying to make the pool safe for social distancing because of the COVID-19 virus. The good news about this year's pool was the number of swimmers and the amount of money made the first week compared to last year.

Cederberg reported that for the entire 2019 swim season, the pool brought in $696. Cederberg compared that to just the first six days of the pool being opened where a total of $4213 was earned as 500 swimmers (and swim lesson takers) visited, and an average of 84 swimmers per day.

"It is pretty awesome," she said.

"It's great to see the pool open and kids having fun," Malta Mayor John Demarais added.


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