Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of summer in Upper Arlington as we open our outdoor pools for the season.

School is out, the temperatures are rising and pool time is the perfect solution for averting boredom and burning off some youthful energy.

Hopefully, you will notice the improvements we have made to the slides at Reed Road Water Park and to the diving well at Devon Pool this year, projects that are part of our commitment to good stewardship of the public facilities under our charge.

If you're a family with children that lives in the Northam Park area, I imagine you have been counting the days until aquatics return to the park. Well, I'm excited to say that day is almost here.

It's often the case that construction projects that are dependent in large part on cooperative weather conditions don't quite get to the finish line by the hoped-for completion date. That has been the case with the Tremont Pool, but it's looking like this project missed its Memorial Day weekend goal by just a few days.

Our aquatics team is chomping at the bit to have the keys handed over to them so they can work their magic. If all goes well, the doors will open to the public early in June and we will be sure to spread the word quickly as soon as we know the exact date.

In the meantime, we have set a date certain for bringing the community together in celebration of the new facility. Please mark your calendar to join us at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, for a Big Splash Celebration. A formal ceremony with members of Upper Arlington City Council, staff and the planning and construction teams will be held right at 10 a.m. Then it's free admission to the pool for all that day, along with live music at the pool shelter, free hot dogs, chips and drinks for the first 100 attendees, giveaways and prize drawings.

My thanks to everyone who has been involved in this project along the way -- the many residents who shared your ideas on what should be at the pool, Alan McKnight and Debbie McLaughlin in Parks & Recreation, and the various consultants who helped us plan and construct what promises to be a wonderful addition to our aquatics program.

For full details of this project, look for the link on our homepage, at uaoh.net. If you have questions, call Parks & Recreation, at 614-583-5300.

Northam celebration

There's a lot more to the Northam Park Phase II improvements; we are nearing the home stretch on the new playground south of Tremont Pool and reading garden by the Tremont Library. This part of the project is on schedule for completion in time for our annual Fourth of July celebrations. However, we are planning another celebration a little further into the month.

Our Parks & Recreation Department has partnered with the library and schools to host a Northam Park Celebration, scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, July 12. Starting at 6 p.m., there will be fun activities for children in both the reading garden and playground areas. Tremont Pool will open its doors to the public for no charge and tours of the new additions at Tremont Elementary School will be offered.

Watch for more details in June as this date nears, or look for the Northam Park Celebration link on our homepage, at uaoh.net.

Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager. His office provides this column toThisWeek Upper Arlington News.