The opening weekend of the Pickerington Swim Club's first season as a city-run facility made more of a ripple than a splash.

The opening weekend of the Pickerington Swim Club's first season as a city-run facility made more of a ripple than a splash.

Unseasonably cool temperatures and the threat of heavy storms kept crowds at the pool thin through the Memorial Day weekend.

But city officials are optimistic the aquatic facility will reach, if not exceed, its historic attendance levels.

Pickerington parks and recreation director Steve Carr said the city is on track to sell more than 600 season passes to the pool. As of May 1, a total of 313 season passes had been sold.

The previous owners, Carr said, reported that they sold 50 percent of the season passes by that time.

The city closed on the $655,000 purchase of the 3.9-acre aquatics facility -- which includes an 8,650-square-foot heated pool, wading pool and bathhouse -- in early March.

City manager Tim Hansley has said he expects to sell more than $205,000 worth of passes during the season. That would satisfy the pool's operating budget of nearly $185,000 and go a long way toward making a profit this year. Additional revenue is expected from sales at the concession stand, swimming lessons and facility rentals.

Starting June 5, the pool's hours will be noon to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday through July. In August, the pool will close at 8 p.m.

Individual passes cost $233 for non-residents and $175 for residents.

Passes for two-member households and families that want to use the pool only after 5 p.m. during the week and on weekends and holidays cost $284 for non-residents and $213 for residents. Unrestricted family passes (for up to six people) cost $338 for non-residents and $253 for residents, with each additional person costing $50 for non-residents and $37 for residents.

Senior citizen passes for those 55 and older will be offered at a 10-percent discount.

Carr said pool members will be able to buy guest passes for $7. No daily passes will be sold to non-members, he said.

"Under council's direction, we have to operate the pool without a subsidy from the general fund," Carr said. "The model we are using relies on the sale of season passes. Most cities that offer daily passes subsidize their pool."

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