SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

In Nixa you don't have to go far for fun in the sun. The city's aquatic center typically draws crowds of between 300 and 500 people on a warm summer day.

"We love the zero entry option, we love the slides, and just the safety of it and the amount of lifeguards. We have been very impressed and we've enjoyed [the pool] a lot," said Nixa Resident Ashley Haupt.

"I think it's great. It's one of the reasons we moved here. It's a great opportunity to get outside and to get to know your neighbors and to have fun so we really enjoy it," Stephanie Nicholson explained.

But even that hasn't been enough to keep people out during what's been a pretty mild summer so far. Last week's low temperatures made for some tough decisions for families who love coming to the pool.

"[My family] came for the swim lessons everyday even though it was cold. I gave the kids the option to stay for splash time and they didn't want to, so yes it did impact us," said Haupt.

And the loss of visitors impacted operations at the aquatic center.

"That cool spell last week really slowed us down. We were seeing average attendances of less than 100. We shut down early one day because we went for 45 minutes to an hour without anybody here," said Nixa Parks & Recreation Director Matt Crouse.

Parks directors say admission revenue is needed to clean and maintain the pool and also pay for lifeguard staff.

"We're looking at a loss on those days that are like that but that's kind of the risk we take. We know those days are going to happen every summer but we hope there's not too many of them," said Crouse.

From record lows to triple digit temperatures expected this week, the Nixa Parks Department staff is optimistic that things will soon change.

"[Attendance] will increase definitely. We will see a much higher attendance this week. The water temperatures are coming back up after that cool spell so we are definitely going to get busy this week and we're looking forward to it," said Crouse.

Springfield pools are seeing the same trend. In June pool attendance was down about 50% from June 2013.