In this long, hot summer, the news that the East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission already has ended its swimming season for its six community pools is an interesting development.

The pools have been closed since July 9 as a result of BREC’s decision earlier this year to hold a six-week pool season rather than an eight-week season. The commission rejected a staff proposal made in a committee meeting to close two pools and reopen four.

The proposal didn’t make it to the full commission for a vote, according to BREC spokeswoman Kristi Williams. The abbreviated season was a response to the expense of operating and maintaining the pools.

Liberty Lagoon, BREC’s new water park, has had long lines of patrons waiting to get in. The water park remains open despite the closure of the community pools.

We support the construction of attractive facilities by BREC, but the facilities also need strong programming to meet their potential. The abbreviated swimming season for the community pools suggests BREC could be having a problem striking that balance.