It works in Missoula. 10x the population, then again, we wouldn't need 2 facilities, and ours would be considerably smaller I'm sure (they've got several water slides between the two locations, multiple pools per location, etc.).
"Splash and Currents: A Splashing Success!
Each year, Splash Montana and Currents Aquatics Center
host about 184,000 swims for seniors, adults, families and
tourists-compared to 33,000 swims at the former city pools,
McCormick and Spartan.
The aquatics facilities add about $1 million a year to the local
economy; through wages for 250+ employees and local suppliers, contracts, and utilities.
Missoula Parks and Recreation teaches over 3000 swim
lessons per year. More of our population is safe around the
water and is introduced to a healthy and active lifestyle.
Splash Montana and Currents recover about 93% of their
expenses through revenue: daily admission, concessions,
rentals, swim lessons. The remaining 7% is subsidized by
the City general fund. City residents receive discounted entry
fees in recognition of this support.
Currents and Splash Montana were designed to be useful
and enjoyable for citizens of all ages and abilities, thereby
generating repeat visits. The aquatics facilities provide all
Missoulians with multiple opportunities for social, recreational,
competitive, wellness, and educational activities.
Aquatics facilities like Currents Aquatics Center, Splash Montana and neighborhood splash decks enhance the community
by generating revenue, boosting tourism, increasing property
values, attracting businesses and their employees, and providing wholesome, affordable, family entertainment.
For more information about the Missoula Aquatics Project,
including project timeline, construction costs and performance
data, visit www.missoulaparks.org."