Youth sports complex makes splash in budget and community for Phenix City

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - The pool and water slide at the Youth Sports Complex on 5th Street South has been operating at or near capacity each day so far this year. It's a trend Parks and Recreations officials say lets them know they've made the right investment, and pool goers seem to agree.

Splashing, diving and sliding seem to be the most frequent actions at the Fifth Street South Youth Sports Complex. A little more than a year from its grand opening, Phenix City Parks and Recreations officials say they couldn't have been more pleased.

"Almost every single day we've reached capacity at some point. And a lot of times, we'll reach capacity and then turn over throughout the day and reach capacity again," explains Skip Hansburger, Assistant Director of the Phenix City Parks and Recreations Department.

That's $3 per person with a capacity of 150 people at a time, plus concessions for a total of at least $450. Parents say the investment is not only a win for the city.

"Cause the kids need things," says parent Rita Hood. "They have nothing. This is great for them. Great security, lifeguards-- we don't have nothing like this here. The kids need more."

Complete with a full staff of trained lifeguards and right next to Phenix City's up and coming south precinct, parents, city leaders and children agree that the state-of-the-art pool and water park are a commodity. Giving parks and recs officials a sense of relief.

"You know you build something for the community," Hansburger adds. "You really try to do the right thing and use taxpayer dollars in the right way . And for them to respond like this is a great feeling.

It's a feeling Phenix City residents positively want to feel over and over again.

"I love it. I will be back many, many more times. It is really nice for south Phenix City," says Hood.

The pool at the Youth Sports Complex is open every day except Tuesday from Noon to 6 p.m. Admission is three dollars. Hansburger says the city expects to keep this schedule as long as the residents demand and use it.

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