Despite inclement weather causing sporadic closures at the Gahanna pools, most of the popular special events still are lined up to make a splash with users.
On June 11, the Gahanna Swimming Pool, 148 Parkland Drive, closed for part of the day because of inclement weather and low attendance, but Hunters Ridge, 341 Harrow Blvd., remained open for visits and swim practice. Both were open for four hours that day.
Five days earlier, on June 6, Gahanna Swimming Pool was closed, but the Hunters Ridge Pool was open all day.
On June 5, both pools were closed for the entire day.
Staffers are hoping for a turnaround, and might see it with the heat that moved into central Ohio the weekend of June 16-17.
"What is really exciting is that most of our flagship special events have yet to occur," said Scott Haden, aquatics recreation supervisor.
"We have two Teen Nights and two Movie Nights making waves at Hunters Ridge Pool in the next few weeks. Members receive discounted rates to these family-centered events."
Teen Night, featuring music, games and food, is scheduled June 22 and Aug. 3 at Hunters Ridge.
The two movie nights are planned for Hunters Ridge as well. Visitors can look forward to an island theme June 30, with the showing of "Moana" and a mystery theme July 28, when the movie is "Sherlock Gnomes."
Discounted pool admission begins at 4 p.m., poolside games begin at 7 p.m. and the movies begin at dusk.
Pool members also receive free or reduced admission to weekly or bi-weekly pool events.
Free events include Ice Cream Night at Hunters Ridge at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, and Walking Taco Wednesdays at Gahanna Swimming Pool at 4 p.m. each Wednesday. Family Hot Dog Nights are 4 p.m. every other Sunday at GSP, with the next one scheduled July 1.
Memberships of all types -- family, individual, senior, junior and a sitter add-on -- are valid at both pools.
"Families with a membership can come and go to both pools all summer," said Brian Gill, recreation superintendent.
The newest events to the pool lineup include Day Breaker Adult Swim and Pool Boating Day.
Both events are supported by the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation.
Adults take over the pool while the children are in school during Day Breaker Adult Swim on Aug. 16, from noon to 3 p.m. at Gahanna Swimming Pool and Sept. 4, from noon to 3 p.m. at Hunters Ridge.
Kayakers and canoers take over Gahanna Swimming Pool for Pool Boating Day from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 12.
"This is a new opportunity for kayakers and canoers to practice their paddling skills, such as strokes, rolls and rescue moves, in a more controlled environment," Haden said.
The open session is intended for practice, not lessons, but experienced paddlers will be available for help.
Participants may bring their own equipment or borrow from the Parks and Recreation Department.
In addition to events, pool members save 30 percent off the standard pool shelter rental rate.
Visitors looking for general discounted pool admission can purchase a Seven Visit Pass, good for seven individual visits, beginning in July.
Additional information is available at gahanna.gov/aquatics.