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Everybody in: Pool opens May 25

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Grandview Heights municipal pool co-managers Brian Blackburn and Nikee Swanson pose Monday, May 13, at the pool, which opens for the season May 25.

For one of the Grandview Heights municipal pool's new co-managers, the job is a return home.

For the other, any pool feels like home.

Brian Blackburn and Nikee Swanson both said they are looking forward to the pool's May 25 opening.

Blackburn, an Upper Arlington High School alum, worked as a lifeguard at the pool from 2008-11.

Swanson has spent her summers working at community pools since 1988.

"I started volunteering at a pool where my husband was manager," she said. "My favorite thing has always been meeting and working with young kids on their swim lessons. It's so rewarding to watch them grow and improve as swimmers and get more comfortable and secure in the water."

The atmosphere around a pool is always fun, Swanson said.

"Everybody's so happy to be at the pool" on a hot summer day, she said.

"It's a fun job, unless someone is in trouble in the water -- then it gets really serious," Swanson said.

"You can't beat getting to work outside in the sunshine," Blackburn said. "People sometimes ask if being a lifeguard is boring, but they have no idea how much fun it really is. The pool is just a fun environment."

The Grandview pool will offer some new programs this year, including swimming lessons for infants and toddlers with their parents.

"Sometimes a parent will have children of different ages and one can take lessons and the other is too young," Blackburn said. "This program will help get young children in the water at an early age."

Diving lessons and classes on various types of swimming strokes also will be offered, Swanson said.

Registration for the lessons will begin June 1.

Adults will be able to come to the pool for lap swimming from 6:15 to 7:15 a.m. each morning, Blackburn said.

"They can stop by and get some exercise in before they go on to work," he said.

Time also will be set aside in the morning for triathletes who want to train in the pool, Blackburn said.

The city has purchased several new chaise lounges for the pool, he said.

The pool itself is in good shape, considering its age, Blackburn said.

"She has history and she's a tough old bird," he said, "but everything's on schedule for opening day.

"I'm so excited about coming back to the Grandview pool," Blackburn said. "It has a small-town feel where everybody knows everybody else."

Pool memberships for Grandview and Marble Cliff residents range from $90 for individuals to $245 for a family of six. For each additional family member exceeding six, there will be an added $20 charge.

Rates for nonresidents range from $145 for individuals to $365 for a family of six.

Pool hours on opening day will be 1 to 9 p.m. Hours for the rest of the season are:

* May 28-29 -- 1 to 9 p.m.

* May 26, May 30-July 2, July 5-31 -- 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

* May 27, Aug. 1-13, Aug. 17-18, Aug. 24-25, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 -- 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

* July 3-4 -- 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* Aug. 14-16, Aug. 19-23, Aug. 26-30 -- 3 to 8 p.m.