Gahanna Parks & Recreation leaders hope new offerings such as adult and senior swims will make a splash with pool patrons this season.
The Hunters Ridge Pool, 341 Harrow Blvd., opened for the season May 26, and the Gahanna Swimming Pool, 148 Parkland Drive, opened May 27.
Recreation Superintendent Brian Gill said adult swim events for ages 18 and older will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. July 22 and Aug. 4 at the Hunters Ridge Pool after regular pool hours, and concessions also will be open.
Two seniors swims for ages 55 and older will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 2 and Aug. 9 at Hunters Ridge.
The senior swims are free to Gahanna pool members and Gahanna Senior Center members, $5 for general admission for adults 55 and over.
Gahanna Parks & Recreation Director Jeff Barr said Scott Haden has joined the department as the new aquatics supervisor.
He previously worked in aquatics in Westerville and the state of Colorado before coming back to central Ohio.
"He was our No. 1 (choice)," Barr said, adding, "I welcome everyone to come out for their routine or family swimming and take advantage of special events such as our movie and teen nights and popular ice cream and hot dog nights."
Family Hot Dog Nights, when hot dogs will cost $1, will be held every other Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. beginning June 4 at Gahanna Swimming Pool. Admission is included in membership or daily pass.
Ice Cream Night is offered every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and began May 30 at Hunters Ridge Pool. Admission is included in membership or daily pass, with ice cream sundaes costing $1.
Gill said another new offering will be Walking Taco Wednesdays for a $1 fee from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Gahanna Swimming Pool.
Beth McCollam, parks and recreation public information-marketing coordinator, said a walking taco is a snack-size bag of Fritos with taco toppings.
Gill said Movie Nights will begin at 7 p.m. June 24, featuring "Hook," and July 29, featuring "Elf." Various activities will be held with the movie beginning at dusk.
"We'll have a little Christmas in July this year," Gill said.
Another change this year is the Dash for a Splash 5K date, Gill said.
To kick off the city's July Fourth celebration, the Dash will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Gahanna Swimming Pool to raise funds for daily operations at the pools.
"The Gahanna community helps raise the money for things we need to improve the facilities," Gill said.
Over the past few years, proceeds have helped finance a shade structure over youth play areas.
Teen nights will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. June 2 and July 7 for grades 4-7 at Hunters Ridge with games and concessions.
For the first time, McCollam said, umbrella and chairs can be rented at $20 for half day and $35 for a full day. The rental includes reserved umbrella space with two reclining lounge chairs, two sand chairs and a small table.
Memberships and daily passes are available for both pools.
Swim lessons also are held at both pools. They are coordinated through the Greater Columbus Swim Team of Ohio at gcsto.com. Information is available at the front office of each pool.
The Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation provides scholarships for aquatic memberships. Scholarship eligibility is determined by participation in the Gahanna-Jefferson free and reduced-price lunch program.
Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday at Hunters Ridge and noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday at Gahanna Swimming Pool.
For more information, visit gahanna.gov or call 614-342-4250.