It's that time of the year for backyard barbecues, graduations and pool openings.
Pickerington Community Pool's 2014 season will open to the public Saturday, May 24, and city officials hope people of all ages will take advantage of everything the city's pool has to offer.
"With such a cold winter, we hope people are ready to put their swim suits on and head to the pool for a fun summer," said Rebecca Medinger, Pickerington Parks and Recreation director.
Medinger said a new dual pool slide will soon be installed and a new designated party area is offered this year for those seeking to hold special events such as birthday parties at the pool.
"We are offering swim lessons in the morning and evening, water aerobics are returning in the evening and lap swimming will be available during pool hours," Medinger said.
There are four special events planned for the 2014 pool season:
• Family Fun Night, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 20.
• Family Luau, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 18.
• TRY-athlon, 9 a.m. Saturday, August 9.
• Dog Splash, from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1.
Medinger said this will be the first year of the TRY-athlon, an event for children ages 5-15. Cost is $5 per child.
"It's our take on a triathlon, but on a much smaller scale, with swimming, biking and running," she said. "We're pretty excited about it."
The pool season ends Sept. 1 with Dog Splash, a popular event in which attendees bring their family dogs to the pool to enjoy an end of the summer swim.
Cost is $5 per dog and all dogs must have proof of current vaccinations.
The Pickerington Community Pool will be open daily from noon to 8 p.m. The pool will be closed when Pickerington Local School District classes are in session.
"The hours are the same (as last year), but we are not closing during evening swim lessons, just a few sections of the pool will be closed," Medinger said.
"We have a new concessionaire this year so look for a new menu," she said.
The city of Pickerington purchased the pool in 2008. Medinger said the city continues to seek ways in which to improve pool operations each year.
For more information about special events, membership fees, swim lessons and other pool-related matters, call the Pickerington Community Pool office at 614-864-3483 or visit www.pickerington.net.
"(The pool) is a great place to meet people, cool down from the heat and enjoy all kinds of fun for the summer right in your city," Medinger said.
"Non-residents are also welcome to the Pickerington Community Pool," she said.