Spokane kids won't be able to spend their last summer days diving into the city's pools before school gets under way.
The city's six aquatic centers close on Saturday, leaving many people wondering : Why can't they stay open until Labor Day?
The city said the pools typically close before then for several reasons - budget, staffing and a drop in attendance come mid-August.
City pool patrons like Martyn Quinn wish he could be diving in for a few more days.
"I wish they would go right up at least until when the school kids go back on September 4th. I think that would be better if they opened for a little longer," Quinn said.
The city sets the pool's closing date a year in advance.
"We have staff that are either in college or high school and they are leaving, so the last few weeks it's usually a fight to keep enough staff and we are scrambling to keep enough people around," said Carl Strong,, the aquatics supervisor with the city's Parks and Recreation Department.
But just a few miles away at the Southside Aquatic Center, pool patrons like Don Cheney get to play around until Labor Day.