With the end of school just around the corner, Marysville officials are busy preparing for the start of summer and the opening of the city pool.
City event planner Amanda Morris gave an update to Marysville City Council at its Thursday, May 8, meeting about the pool as well as adult recreational sports leagues.
The pool opens May 24, and Morris said there are big plans for improvements.
"We're hoping to increase our revenue by 10 percent this year. It's a small goal, but we thought we could attain that pretty easy with some early marketing," she said.
Promotions include a mailer sent last week to all of last year's pool members.
Keith McKenzie, the city's certified pool operator, is working to get the facility in shape.
"He's doing a great job getting things cleaned up and ready to go," Morris said. "We have a full staff that's been trained and ready for opening day."
The pool employs 31 lifeguards, three of whom are cross-trained to work the concession stand. Other employees include three concession workers, four management staff members and two people at the front desk.
"It's going to be a great season this year. We've got a lot of fresh people and we've got a lot of returnees to work beside them," Morris said.
The high dive is coming back, with a few safety upgrades.
"We had an additional support bar installed at the top of the diving board and now have a 42-inch height restriction," Morris said. "That way, we can ensure the safety of anyone who decides they want to take the plunge."
The 3-meter high dive has been closed for the last three summers. The pool also has two 1-meter diving boards.
Another change is the concession stand's switch from bottled to fountain pop, with a souvenir bottle available.
"If anyone would want a refill at the pool, they would use their souvenir bottle and get a discount," Morris said. "We have a promotion right now. Anyone purchasing a pool pass prior to the pool opening on the 24th will get one souvenir bottle with the purchase."
An individual season pool pass is $90 for residents, $135 for non-residents. Family pass costs are: for a family of two, $113 (residents) and $168 (non-residents); a family of three or more, $173 (residents) and $259 (non-residents).
Daily admission is $5 for children ages 5-18 and senior citizens, $7 for ages 19-59. The maximum daily charge for a family is $15. Children 4 and under are admitted free.
Pool passes can be bought online, by mail or at City Hall, 209 S. Main St. Credit and debit cards are not accepted.
The co-ed sand volleyball league for adults resumes this month for a third season.
"We have 23 teams registered," Morris said.
Crews have removed the tarp from the court and are cleaning it and adding fresh sand.
A new water volleyball program for adults starts June 3. Games will be played Tuesday evenings at the city pool. Registration is $80 per team and ends May 20.
Also, the city is starting an adult 3-on-3 basketball program June 10. Games will be played Tuesday evenings on the courts at Eljer Park. Each team must have three to five players. Registration is $10 per person and ends May 20.
Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar is sponsoring all adult recreational activities this summer, Morris said.
She said this allows the city to keep league fees low and provide each player with a team T-shirt.
"Their sponsorship helps keep the program cost neutral so that we can continue to provide these activities to the community. Boston's extends specials to players on league nights to encourage them to visit their restaurant," Morris said. "In turn, Boston's has their company logo on the back of each team shirt."