Temperatures in the 90s have led to large crowds and tested tempers at the Groveport Aquatic Center, where new rules are in place for how many people can enter the facility.

Police have responded to a few fights and arguments, City Administrator Marsha Hall said, although she did not know the exact number.

In response, she said, only those with season passes and their paying guests will be permitted to enter the pool once 800 people have gone through the gates.

Patrons also can pre-purchase day passes. Those with season passes and their guests will be admitted before those with pre-paid passes.

The maximum capacity will be capped at 1,000 people.

"In the past, it was the 'eye test' for safe monitoring by lifeguards," Hall said. "Once a lifeguard felt he or she could not safely monitor his or her area and a head lifeguard agreed, new patrons would not be allowed to enter."

Between 18 and 22 lifeguards are on duty per shift, with a total of 65 employed lifeguards, Hall said.

Groveport Recreation Director Kyle Lund, who oversees the pool, did not respond to requests for comment about the situation.

Councilwoman Jean Ann Hilbert said it's unfortunate that a few people disrupt the "family atmosphere" at the pool, including treating lifeguards with disprespect.

"As far as I'm concerned, the guard is the law at the pool," she said. "They're there to make sure everybody is safe and when people disregard that, they shouldn't even be there. Why are you coming to a family pool to cause disruptions?"

Lifeguards must oversee a facility that includes two 30-foot water slides, a 450-foot "lazy river," diving boards, a "sprayground" and an in-water playground.

According to Hall, the city sold approximately 400 season passes this season, with rates ranging from $40 to $120, depending on residential status and age. Groveport residents can purchase a day pass for $6; nonresidents pay $8.

City Council likely will review aquatic center rules and pass prices once the season ends Sept. 3, Hilbert said.

Until Aug. 14, the pool is open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. After Aug. 14, the aquatic center will only open on weekends.

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