Changes To SF Season Swim Passes
by Laura Monteverdi, Reporter
May 22, 2013 8:58 PM
Memorial Day Weekend is a couple of days away and that means the opening of Sioux Falls public pools. However, the Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation department is already thinking well beyond that.
“As our pools age, you know, you always have to think about what do we need to do 20 years from now, where do we need to build future pools and what kinds do we need to build?” said Jean Pearson, Recreation Program Coordinator for Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation.
To answer those questions, they've created a new swim pass system for season pass holders called the 'Swipe and Swim Program,’ an electronic system that uses key fobs to check-in.
With the swipe of the card, pool staff will be able to view a photo of the pass holder as well as verify information about them. That information that will help the Parks and Recreation department keep track of who is using their facilities and how often.
“We're going to have access to lots of information as far as who are users are, where they're coming from, how old they are, whether they're residents or not residents of Sioux Falls,” said Pearson.
Another plus of the new system?
It's a lot faster than the old one.
“Because it's all online and it's all electronic it's immediate we don't have to wait for anything," said Pearson.
To expedite the check-in process when the lines are really long, pool staff will use a handheld electronic device to get you checked-in and through the gates even quicker.
"Now that we're electronic, we're going to be like everybody else. You can do it online, you can pay with a credit card, you can pay with a debit card and I think it will expedite the process for the future for sure," said Pearson.
The Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation department is confident that the upgraded system will be something that will benefit their customers not only now, but for the future.
“In the end, the data that we’re going to receive is going to truly help where the aquatics program will go for the future of Sioux Falls,” said Pearson.
The Parks and Recreation staff said another benefit of the new system is that it will cut down on fraud, such as pass holders passing wristbands through the fence. They said it will also help to identify a child if they are lost.
Key fobs and season passes can be purchased at Kenny Anderson, Maricar and Morningside Community Centers as well as the park office.
As of right now, they cannot be purchased at the pools.