When the kids are out of school, it's clear that summer has officially started. Fresh off the heels of Memorial Day, I want to remind you of a few summer necessities.
The pools are now open, so if you haven't purchased your season pool pass, now is the time.
Our regular pool season began June 5 and runs all the way to Aug. 16, with our pools open daily during that time. Our three community pools have much to offer. Devon Pool, 2070 S. Mallway Drive, offers lap swimming, recreational swimming, a separate diving well and wading pool, concessions and shaded areas. An extended swim season is typically offered at this location, depending on weather and the availability of lifeguards.
Reed Road Water Park, 2000 Hastings Lane, features a vortex and current channel, plenty of play features and slides and more. You can even rent it out for evening pool parties.
Lastly, Tremont Pool, 2850 Tremont Road, features a convenient location next to the Northam Park tennis courts with plenty of room to swim and get some sun (or shade).
Pool passes are affordably priced for individuals, small families and large families. You can get the full details on pricing at uaoh.net, but our small family resident aquatics passes are only $105 for the first person and $35 for each additional family member (up to three).
Of course, you can purchase daily admissions as well. Daily admission ranges from $5-$12, depending on day and location. You can purchase or renew your pass online, in person or at the pools.
Not sure what to do with those kids running around your house? We still have plenty of open summer camps available through the Parks & Recreation Department.
An all-new camp, not featured in the Activity Guide, is Play Polo. Play Polo LLC has partnered with UA Parks & Rec to provide a polo camp right here in Upper Arlington. Horace Henriot, a former four-goal professional polo player, is the head instructor.
Participants learn basic rules, polo etiquette, basic polo riding and how to hit the ball. Safe horses and all necessary polo equipment are included. If polo doesn't sound like a good fit, we still have several Skyhawks sports camps, including volleyball, flag football, cheerleading, golf and more.
There are plenty of new offerings this year, including programs on making an iPhone app. Plus, if you act quickly, you can still register your little ones for our June 17-21 horseback riding camp. Check out the Activity Guide for a full list of summer camps and programs, available at uaoh.net. You can register directly from our website or visit the Parks & Recreation office at 3600 Tremont Road in the Municipal Services Center.
You have one more week to get in your application to serve on the Library Board of Trustees. The board, comprised of six members, oversees the management of the city's public library system, with each member serving a four-year term. If you're interested in donating your time and expertise to the community, visit uaoh.net for an application. You can also obtain an application directly from the city clerk's office at 3600 Tremont Road in the Municipal Services Center or by calling 614-583-5030. The deadline is June 14.
At the beginning of May, I was honored to present scholarships at the Northwest Kiwanis Club's Academic Achievement Night.
The following students received scholarships: from Grandview Heights High School, Benjamin Brannan, Anna Davis, Lauren Jones and Julie Menke; from Bishop Watterson High School, Barry Bryant, Elizabeth Racher and Mary Susi; from Upper Arlington High School, Adranna Cannone, Carson Fisher, Nicolette Green, Stuart Little and Sam Thompson.
I wish these young men and women a bright future and the best of luck in their future endeavors.
Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.