- Associated Press - Sunday, August 10, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - Public pool use in Cincinnati is experiencing a decline after the drowning of a 10-year-old boy prompted officials to increase the minimum age for children swimming alone.

Attendance numbers dipped by 5 percent the week after officials raised the minimum age to swim alone from 7 to 12 on June 26.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (https://cin.ci/X4tIqI ) that it went from nearly 21,300 visitors to about 20,200. That’s a difference of more than 1,000 visitors.

City officials say the numbers represent a small sample and that part of the increase could be due to poor weather, though they acknowledge that the minimum age change has had an effect.

The Cincinnati City Council approved the change on June 20 after 10-year-old Tyrell Wyche (WHY’-ch) drowned at a city pool.


Information from: The Plain Dealer, https://www.cleveland.com

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