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Community pool is going to the dogs on Labor Day

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The 2014 pool season in Pickerington is going out with a bark.

That's because the Pickerington Community Pool, 11330 Stonecreek Drive, is holding its second Dog Splash.

The family-friendly event is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1.

Admission is $5 per dog and all participants must provide proof of rabies and other current vaccinations at the pool's entrance.

Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department Director Rebecca Medinger said the event, which marks the official close of pool season, was a huge success last year.

"It was great," Medinger said.

"We had about 300 people and 90 dogs, so it was a great turnout. It was probably our most successful pool event last year," she said.

Medinger said she heard positive feedback from dog owners who love the opportunity to get out with their pets and frolic, unfettered by the usual leash restrictions.

"Because it was such a success, people wanted it come back," she said.

"Our take is that we're trying to reach out to another demographic coming to our pool, so that maybe they will want to be a member," Medinger said.

There is no early registration for Dog Splash and participants need only pay the entrance fee the day of the event.

Dogs in heat are prohibited from participating and aggressive dogs are encouraged to stay home.

Medinger said last year a lot of people showed up, without dogs, to simply watch the action.

"People can show up and swim as long as they know there are dogs in the pool," she said.

"So, if you don't mind swimming with dogs, come on in."

The end of Dog Splash at 8 p.m. on Labor Day means the end of the pool season and the start of preparations for the 2015 season.

"There is so much hair in the pool we wait until the start of next year to clean out the pool," Medinger said.

"We actually lower the pool's (depth) down to four feet of water, that (amount) has to stay in the pool.

"Then next year we power wash and totally clean it out before the start of the new season," Medinger said.

For more information about Dog Splash, call the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department at 614-833-2211.

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