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City Council of Peachtree City <br />Special Called Work Session Meeting Minutes <br />Thursday, April 21, 2022 <br />4 p.m. <br />The Mayor and Council of Peachtree City met for a special called work session on Thursday, April 21, <br />2022. Mayor Kim Learnard called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. Council members attending: <br />Gretchen Caola, Frank Destadio, Mike King, and Phil Prebor. <br />Agenda Items <br />a. FY2022-2023 Budget <br />1. Splash Pad <br />A number of residents, Learnard reported, had questioned why they had to pay to use the splash pad <br />for toddlers if they did not use the pool? <br />Recreation and Special Events Director Quinn Bledsoe said a citizen committee researched 28 splash <br />pads in 11 other cities before Peachtree City built theirs. The consensus from officials in those cities was <br />not to let it be free because they would be overrun by kids from day camps and day care centers and <br />ruin the experience for citizens. Bledsoe said she had experience with this when she worked for <br />Jacksonville, Florida. They had a splash pad about three times the size of Peachtree City's, and they <br />had to hire someone to stand at the front and let 30 people in at a time for 15 minutes. Free sometimes <br />encouraged over -consumption, she remarked, and she did not think it was a good idea to open it up. <br />It was not the financial part of it; it was the operational experience for residents. <br />Newnan's and Fayetteville's splash pads were free, the Mayor noted; what did they say? Bledsoe said <br />she had visited only the Fayetteville pad, and it was "like an anthill." Learnard asked if they did not <br />want to make it free because people from other communities might come and enjoy it? and Bledsoe <br />replied that it was more of a capacity issue. <br />It was small, Learnard agreed. She noted that the one in Newnan stopped if no one was using it, and <br />the kids had learned how to start it up again if needed. Bledsoe said Peachtree City's had that feature, <br />as well. <br />Learnard asked about changes to the way people paid for pool admission. Bledsoe said they now <br />could use a credit card or cash or buy a pool pass. Software installed this year meant they were no <br />longer restricted to cash. <br />Caola asked Assistant City Manager Justin Strickland if there were a lot of kids there when he took his <br />own kids to the splash pad? He said he had not observed any overcrowding. Destadio asked him <br />when he went? Almost every weekend in the summer, he replied. <br />How much did it cost? Destadio asked. Admission was $6 for an adult, and $5 for a child. An annual <br />family pass was $230. These prices included admission to the pool and the splash pad. <br />They discussed this when the splash pad and pool opened two years ago and decided it would be <br />pay as you go, King recalled. Now were they saying it should be free? Just the splash pad, Learnard <br />stated. Caola said she was not sure about that. <br />