MASSENA - Poor summer weather translated to a weak season at the Massena Town Beach, according to Recreation Superintendent Richard A. Boprey.
However, lacrosse playoff games at the Massena Arena helped pick up some of the financial slack, he told members of the Massena Joint Recreation Commission Tuesday.
Total beach fees for August, which Mr. Boprey said are heavily dependent on the weather, were $2,984, down from $3,723 in August 2012 and $7,297 in August 2011.
While he said he doesnt have the years final figures yet, beach fees have suffered a little bit in 2013.
The fact is, because of the poor weather, beach fees are down year on year again, Mr. Boprey said.
Arena non-ice rental, however, made up for some of the loss thanks to two lacrosse playoff games to determine who would win a berth for the Presidents Cup, the lacrosse equivalent of hockeys Stanley Cup. One game drew between 500 and 600 spectators, while the second game drew nearly 1,000.
It was packed, Mr. Boprey said. The winner received a berth to the Presidents Cup, so there was a lot of interest in that series. Those two playoff games drew really well.
For August, arena non-ice rental was $1,310, up from $1,270 in August 2012 and $1,120 in August 2011.
Concession revenue was also up from the same month in previous year, thanks in part to those playoff games, according to the recreation superintendent. Net revenue was $4,536.40 for August, up from $4,103.45 in August 2012, but down from $6,732.91 in August 2011.
Even with the beach suffering because of the weather and softball suffering because of the weather, the concession was up 500 bucks year on year. Id say the lacrosse helped out a lot. Those playoff games helped us out a lot, Mr. Boprey said.
Total Massena Recreation Department revenue for August, excluding concession, was $5,152, up from $5,122 in August 2012, but down from $10,285 in August 2011.
Year on year, the revenue is up overall, he said.
Lacrosse will have one last appearance at the Massena Arena for a masters lacrosse tournament scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. Sunday, Mr. Boprey said. The round robin tournament will feature six senior lacrosse teams.
The arena then gets set for the Norwood Model Railroad Clubs annual Model Train, Toy and Collectable Expo scheduled for Sept. 28-29.
That will be the last non-ice event before recreation departments staff fire up the compressors for the arrival of the 2013-14 ice season, which begins on Oct. 7.