Madison's Goodman Pool has closed four times this summer because of low attendance, a new policy meant to save money -- but one that also may disappoint pool-goers.Of course, if the pool doesn't stay open for predictable regular hours, more people will stay away, and things will only get worse.
The pool's policy is to close early if fewer than 50 people are on hand within the first hour of open swim or if attendance falls much below that....
[T]he closing policy is new this year after the pool posted a $140,000 operating loss in its first year. The pool didn't have the policy a year ago, because "last year we didn't know how much money we were losing."
By the way, it's 66° right now in the dead of summer here in Madison, Wisconsin, where we have many big beautiful lakes but an even bigger love of taxing the citizens to provide goodies people don't even want.
ADDED: Let me put it another way: