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Quarry Beach sees drop in attendance because of cool summer

Published: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia Park District officials are blaming a cool and wet summer for the drop in attendance this summer at Harold Hall Quarry Beach.

According to the season end operations report for Quarry Beach, which recently was released, 28,855 people attended the Batavia Park District facility this summer, down from 39,743 people in 2012.

“We are totally dependent on the weather,” said Amber Smith, facility manager in charge of Quarry Beach. “Right around the Fourth of July, we would normally be pretty busy, but we weren’t even open on July 2 and 3 because it didn’t even reach 70 degrees.”

Quarry Beach occupies a former stone quarry and features a sand-bottom swimming area.

“Because of the cool, rainy weather, we were closed more days this year,” Smith said. “We were supposed to be open for 79 days, and we were only open for 68 days.”

It was a different story last summer, where the mercury hit 100 degrees or higher on four occasions and the temperature was at least 90 degrees for seven consecutive days, according to the National Weather Service.

“Last summer, it was a great summer for swimming,” Smith said. “It was nice and hot.”

The weather also affected daily admission revenues. This year’s revenues were $109,251, down from last year’s revenues of $158,129. Quarry Beach ended up with a $19,524 deficit this season.

“We’re going to have to look at next year’s budget,” Smith said. “We might have to push the budget down next year.”

The district might look at raising season pass rates next year, she said.

“We haven’t raised them in a few years,” Smith said. “We want to stay competitive with St. Charles, and it would help compensate for seasons like this.”

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