The summer swim season kicked off May 23. The city of Upper Arlington's three pools will be open for limited hours through June 4, with regular season hours commencing June 5.

The summer swim season kicked off May 23. The city of Upper Arlington's three pools will be open for limited hours through June 4, with regular season hours commencing June 5.

"We're looking for a nice warm summer with a lot of people coming out to the pools," said Lee Spitzer, aquatics and parks facilities manager.

Because of the recession, the city has not raised season-pass rates, Spitzer said.

"In actuality, they're going to be paying the same rates they paid in 2004," he said of pool visitors.

The city is offering a "three-for-one" membership that will get pass holders into the Reed Road Water Park and Devon and Tremont pools at $200 for a family of five for Upper Arlington residents; $330 for non-residents.

Swim lessons for children will be offered throughout the summer at $35 per lesson for members.

Despite the relative novelty of the Reed Road Water Park, which opened in 2005 after a complete renovation of the former Hastings Pool, Devon and Tremont continue to attract visitors.

"There's a distinct loyalty to each of the facilities," Spitzer said. "There's a distinct attachment to the neighborhood pool. We have people that go to Tremont even though it's not heated."

The city received an unusually high number of applications from college students for lifeguard positions at the three pools this season, said Spitzer, who attributed the level of interest in jobs to the economy.

"It's not only the Upper Arlington area, it's OSU students, in general, that are here for the summer," he said. "We try to hire as many Arlington students as we can."

The water park operates with 26 lifeguards on rotating shifts, while Devon and Tremont have 18 and 15, respectively. Twenty to 25 substitutes alternate among the three pools.

"We have a pretty good return rate" of students who report for lifeguard duty each summer, Spitzer said. "Typically, 75 percent of our lifeguards come back."

The water park will host special events throughout the summer, including the first of three middle-school nights on June 17 and a showing of "Madagascar" on Aug. 7 for the "Dive-In Movies" series. Before the movie, Actors Summer Theatre will perform selections from Shakespeare.

Tremont Pool will host the popular Doggie Dips, in which pet owners can let their dogs swim in the pool, on Aug. 27.

After years of discussion about the future of Tremont Pool, which is more than 50 years old, the city has commissioned a study by Cincinnati-based engineering firm Brandstetter Carroll Inc.

"They're in the process of getting a final draft to us," Spitzer said. "Once we get the report back, we'll take it to (city) council, probably mid- to late summer."

For more information about hours and events at the three pools, visit Uaoh.net.

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