King’s Pointe Outdoor Water Park Pass Rates Discussed; Huge Operating Losses Pointed Out

No decisions were made as the Storm Lake City Council discussed 2024 season pass rates for the outdoor water park at King’s Pointe during Monday’s meeting, and increasing deficits at the outdoor water park were brought up.

King’s Pointe general manager Amy Von Bank said she tried to compare the water park with those in communities of similar size as Storm Lake…

Family season passes to the King’s Pointe outdoor water park this past season cost 275 dollars, which could include up to six family members. A single-season pass costs 150 dollars. 194 family passes and 20 single passes were sold for this past season. Special holiday rates were offered to coincide with Storm Lake’s sesquicentennial. Von Bank said 108-thousand dollars worth of daily water park passes were sold.

A debate at the meeting centered on what constitutes a family for the season passes. Von Bank said they’re following city code in that regard, and said it’s been a challenge to enforce everything consistently…

City Finance Director Brian Oakleaf said the water park has operated with a 171-thousand dollar deficit over the last five years due to rising expenses and rates remaining mostly the same. Oakleaf said it’s especially snowballed the last two years, as the net operating loss this year was 328 thousand dollars. Oakleaf said resort proceeds have covered the deficit, but he said that’s not sustainable with the way things are going…

Von Bank didn’t have any potential rates to present for next year.

The King’s Pointe outdoor water park acts as the City of Storm Lake’s municipal pool.

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