SIDNEY — Swimmers who are fond of Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) recreational swimming pool will have to look elsewhere when deciding where to take a dip this summer.
According to MCC President Bob Ferrentino, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)-sized pool will be closed from May 21 to Aug. 1 of 2012 due to budgetary restraints.
“We know the community benefits from (the pool) and uses it and we’d like to keep it open, but as we went through the budgeting process for the next year this was one of the things we had to cut,” Ferrentino said.
Ferrentino cited a lack of usage during summer months as the main reason for shutting down the pool for about a two and a half month period.
“The number of people using the pool during the summer was substantially lower than those using it in the fall, winter and spring,” he said.
According to MCC Vice President for Administrative Services Jim Lantz, closing the pool will save the college approximately $18,000.
“During the summer it gets very little usage, so it just doesn’t make sense to keep it open,” Lantz said.
Lantz said this is not the first time the college has had to close the pool, though this marks the first time on a temporary basis.
“In 1993 we had to close the pool after the college had some failed millage attempts for nearly two years,” he said. “We finally passed a millage in 1996 and we were able to reopen it. It has been open ever since, until this upcoming summer.”
Ferrentino said the pool would reopen, without question, on Aug. 1.
“This is strictly being done on a temporary basis to save money,” he said. “The pool will reopen in the fall when usage is higher.”