Operations at the Pataskala Municipal Pool are going swimmingly, Pataskala Recreation Association President Andy Walther told Pataskala City Council on July 16.

Operations at the Pataskala Municipal Pool are going swimmingly, Pataskala Recreation Association President Andy Walther told Pataskala City Council on July 16.

He said the pool's membership and general use are exceeding all expectations since it reopened this summer after being closed for three years due to lack of funding. In addition to fundraising efforts by the Pataskala Recreation Association (PRA), about 200 volunteers worked during the spring to renovate the pool in Pataskala Municipal Park.

"It's been a great summer to open a pool," Walther said, acknowledging the summer's high temperatures and bountiful sunshine.

The pool lost power for one day following the powerful "derecho" storm June 29, but, Walther said, the weather generally has been conducive to good attendance.

He said the pool has registered 305 memberships when 130 were anticipated.

"The support of this community has been fantastic," he said.

He said the pool has had 1,541 walk-ins and 190 children have joined the swim team.

"That's got to be a record," he said.

Walther said the pool has three sessions of swim lessons with a total of 110 participants and it has hosted 11 parties. The water aerobics class has roughly 15 members.

"The pool is getting quite a bit of use," he said, adding that the concession stand employs six teenagers and the pool has eight lifeguards.

Walther said the PRA spent $15,000 on equipment for the pool and received roughly $10,000 in donations.

"We've had a lot of people helping with the daily challenges we have to do," he said.

However, Walther said, the facility is showing signs of wear. One of those is significant water leakage.

"At the end of the season, we'll have to tackle that," he said. "I don't know if it's one (leak) or if it's many. It's a 40-year-old facility, so it could be much worse."

He said the facility could use more parking, the PRA is working to install more lighting so it can be used in the late evenings. In addition, he said, the pool could use a permanent shade structure. He also said the restrooms need some work.

Walther said the PRA will sponsor a community survey, asking residents what they would like to see at the pool and what improvements they would suggest. He said there have been no incidents of misbehavior by patrons and one day he saw about 20 parents in the pool playing with their children.

"That about sums it all up," said Walther, reiterating the pool's strong community support. "This experience we've had has been fantastic."

While Walther thanked council members for their support, Mayor Steve Butcher said the PRA and community members are responsible for the pool's success.

"This was a grand-slam home run," Butcher said.