Upper Arlington News

Sunday Swims counteract cold-weather 'blahs'

Membership fee provides access to pool from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays from October to May


It might be cold outdoors, but Upper Arlington officials last week sought to remind area swimming and fitness enthusiasts that the city's annual "Sunday Swim" is a good way to stay active during months which frequently lead to dormancy.

The Upper Arlington Aquatics Division for decades has offered indoor swimming opportunities to residents and nonresidents alike, but to some, it seems like the program hasn't yet hit its stride.

"It's something we've had for years -- at least 30 years," said Lee Spitzer, Upper Arlington aquatics and tennis manager. "It's probably been a pretty well-kept secret."

Sunday Swim is offered every Sunday during the winter months. Sessions began in October and will extend through May 19.

As part of the program, the Upper Arlington High School Natatorium, 1650 Ridgeview Road, hosts open swimming on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. The only exceptions are those periods when Upper Arlington Public Schools are on break or when the UA Swim Club is using the natatorium for a swim meet.

Sunday Swims are open to Upper Arlington residents and nonresidents, although there is a fee.

Memberships are available for individuals at $20 for residents, $27 for nonresidents, and households at $40 for residents $54 for nonresidents. For those individuals who do not have a membership, the guest fee is $3 per visit for residents and $4 per visit for nonresidents.

Senior citizens with a Golden Buckeye Card and children 2 years and under are admitted free.

The UA Aquatics Division provides a lifeguard at each session, and the natatorium pool is heated, Spitzer said.

"We do it every year, essentially from October to the middle of May when we get ready to open the outdoor swim season," he said. "If somebody wants to come in and swim laps, they can swim laps. If they just want to hop around in the water, they can."

Additional Sunday Swim information is available by calling the Upper Arlington Aquatics Division at 614-583-5300, or by visiting uaoh.net.