As Memorial Day arrives, pool season in Westerville officially begins.

Westerville's Highlands Park Aquatic Center and the Westerville Jaycee Community Pool both open Saturday, May 27, serving as an unofficial beginning of the summer.

Staffers at both pools are focusing on adding activities and events to attract guests aside from their eager regulars.

At Highlands, aquatics supervisor JR Fourqurean said the city has special events throughout the summer, but is focused on making July jam-packed with activities for National Parks and Recreation Month.

From a pirate day to a triathlon and other themed events, Highlands will have something happening nearly each week.

Fourqurean said last year was the most successful in the outdoor pool's history. With about 3,000 guests a day, the pool sold 43,068 daily admission tickets and another 6,418 memberships, Fourqurean said.

Meanwhile, the Jaycee pool returns nearly 60 years old after its opening in 1958.

The pool has rebounded from financial struggles that made for an uncertain future just three years ago, but community help and more events have resulted in a new level of sustainability.

Highlands Park Aquatic Center is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m. weekdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. For details, visit westerville.org. The Jaycee pool is open from noon to 8 p.m. daily. For details, visit westervillejayceepool.com.

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