The 2018 season of the David H. Madison Community Pool, 2100 Clifton Ave., which kicks off Saturday, May 26, and the summer will include a variety of special events.

The most high-profile event will be the July 13 screening of the movie "The Lion King."

"This is the second year that the screening has been tied in with the Main Event," the city of Bexley's summer entertainment series, said Michael Price, director of the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department. "That always draws a lot of people and attention."

Another popular event is a treasure hunt in which swimmers can dive in and search for items, said Natalie Mullin, the Recreation and Parks Department's deputy director. The treasure hunt will be held July 4 and on the last day of the season Sept. 3, which is Labor Day. The pool will also will have a Father's Day Splash Out on June 17.

For children ages 5 and under who are just learning to swim, a Preschool Splash will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 29. The cost is $2 for pool members and $4 for nonmembers.

Throughout the summer, the Recreation and Parks Department will have "Park N' Play" activities at the pool, Mullin said.

"We're going to look at doing some more of those activities where we had a canoe in the pool and kids try to fill it up with water" and sink the boat, she said.

In an effort to encourage younger swimmers to join the pool, the Recreation and Parks Department added a new membership option. Students age 11 and up can purchase individual student memberships for $103 with valid identification.

"We'd love to see more middle school and high school age kids getting involved with the pool," Price said.

Pool memberships are $160 for an individual adult to $330 for a family of six. As of April 1, the department had sold more than 500 memberships, Price said.

"We're slightly ahead of where we were last year with the memberships," he said.

A new offering will enable members to pick up membership materials before the season opens. This is available 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, or Friday, May 25.

"They can get their picture taken and pick up their key cards," thereby saving time and avoiding lines on opening day, Price said.

Bexley residents who want to learn to swim or improve their skills can register for swim lessons June 4-5; nonresidents can register June 6-7. All registration sessions will be open 5-7 p.m.

To staff the pool, the Recreation and Parks Department has hired about 60 seasonal employees, including office staff, swim instructors and lifeguards.

"We have hired nine or 10 new lifeguards, ranging from [substitute] to fulltime to part-time, depending on what they were looking for," Mullin said.

The department is accepting applications for additional substitute lifeguards who can work a couple of shifts a week, Mullin said. To apply and for more information about the pool, call (614) 559-4300 or visit Bexley.org/pool.

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