Pickerington Times-Sun

Day-pass sales up, membership sales down at city pool

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The Pickerington Community Pool continues to brim with activity and has seen an increase in the sale of one-day passes, but membership sales have decreased, city officials said.

City Parks and Recreation Director Rebecca Medinger, who oversees pool operations, said 941 daily admission passes have been sold as of July 1, nearly double the amount from 2013.

"Last year for the same time frame we sold 472 guest passes," Medinger said.

The city-owned pool, 11330 Stonecreek Drive S., does not allow daily guest passes to be sold until July 1, which means only those who have purchased season pool passes can swim before that date.

Medinger said there is a possibility day passes will be available for purchase prior to July 1 for the 2015 season.

Pool memberships, however, have decreased from last year, she said, leading to an overall decrease in patrons.

"From the beginning of the season to July 22, we had 1,798 patrons last year and this year for the same time frame we have 1,588 patrons," Medinger said.

City officials have made it clear the pool must remain in the black in order for it to continue to be financially sustainable.

Medinger hopes area residents will continue to utilize the pool, and she urges them to "keep the fun local" by trying the Pickerington Community Pool "rather than driving to another community."

"This is a great opportunity to enjoy your community in the heat of the summer with friends and family and meet new ones along the way," she said.

Next on the agenda for pool improvements will be an expansion of the baby pool, which Medinger said is too small for a growing community.

The city is in the process of applying for a grant that would cover a large portion of the estimated $200,000 cost to expand the baby pool and make it ADA-compliant, she said.

The Pickerington Community Pool is open daily from noon to 8 p.m.

The Pickerington Local School District is scheduled to start classes Aug. 13 and the pool will be closed when schools are in session, however, it will remain open on the weekends until Sept. 1.

TRY-athlon

The next big event for the pool is the TRY-athlon. It is billed as an opportunity for children to try their first triathlon.

"All that matters is that you try," Medinger said.

The cost is $5 per person and prizes will be awarded for four age groups: 5-7; 8-10; 11-12; and 13-15.

Each age group will swim laps, starting with 4 laps for the youngest group and increasing 2 laps with each respective group.

All ages will then bike 0.5 miles and run 0.4 miles. Helmets are required in the biking portion of the contest.

The TRY-athlon starts at 9 a.m. Aug. 9, at the Pickerington Community Pool.

Registration is required.

Contact the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department for more information at 614-833-2211; or the pool at 614-864-3483.

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