Weather causes dip in summer attendance at the pool

Cooler temperatures this summer have meant less people at the pool.
Cooler temperatures this summer have meant less people at the pool.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Labor Day marked the last day that one area pool will be open this year, a year that saw fewer swimmers in the water.

Tropicanoe Cove had dozens of people show up for one last dip Monday.

Attendance at the water park is down this year, and has been down the past couple of years. This year around 46,000 people visited Tropicanoe Cove, which is down from an average of around 60,000 for a summer.

Park officials blame cool temperatures this summer and the rain last summer as reasons for the recent drop in attendance.

“When folks wake up in the morning, it’s 8 a.m. with overcast and looks like it might rain they may have thought about coming to swim. Instead, they start making alternate plans because you just don’t know,” said Jon Miner, Lafayette Parks and Recreation’s director of operations.

While pool attendance is down, Miner said attendance is up at the zoo and around the park. Miner said they were also seeing record numbers for train rides around the park as well. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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