Rain has been sporadic but temperatures have heated up and show no sign of trending back down.

That's good news for the three public pools operated by the Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department.

This year, the pool season opened May 26. Lee Spitzer, the city's aquatics and tennis manager, said the season is off to a good start at Devon and Tremont pools and the Reed Road Water Park.

Tremont is in its second full year after being reconstructed and reopened last year.

Reed Road Water Park, built in 2005, is good to go, Spitzer said, after a $68,648 project last year brought it new water slides.

The big work planned for Devon, built in the 1960s, won't come until next year, when the existing 1,400-square-foot bathhouse will be replaced by a 2,550-square-foot facility that will feature a pool office, larger restrooms, storage space and a concession stand. The $1.28 million project is expected to be completed in time for the 2019 swimming season.

But visitors to Devon this year will see some enhancements.

"There is no ongoing work at the pools (but) Devon Pool has new deck furniture and shade structures," Spitzer said.

The new features at Devon are part of a $100,993 investment the city put into the pool.

Also new this year will be Story Time at the Pool, events co-sponsored by the UA Parks and Recreation Department and the Upper Arlington Public Library.

"Each Friday through July 27 during the 2 p.m. rest period, the UAPL staff will read a story to the children," Spitzer said.

In addition, the parks and recreation department is introducing two Middle School Night events. One was held June 20 at Tremont; the second is scheduled from 8:30-10:30 p.m. July 21 at Reed Road Water Park.

"Middle School Night features music, swimming, activities and food for students grades 6-8," Spitzer said. "Admission for pool pass holders is free; non-pass holders (is) $5."

This year's regular pool season will run through Aug. 13. After that, Devon will close for the season.

"Back-to-School" hours at Reed Road Water Park mean the pool will be open on weekends only from Aug. 13 through Sept. 3, Spitzer said.

Tremont Pool will be open from Aug. 13 through Sept. 9, but with adjusted hours of 1-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 8 p.m. through Sept. 8.

Pool pass prices range from $115 (residents) to $175 (nonresidents) for individuals, up to $260 (residents) to $370 (nonresidents) for families of four.

Complete pass pricing, including combined passes for swimming and tennis, is available under the link to the Parks and Rec Department at the city's website, uaoh.net.

"Passes can be purchased online, at Parks and Recreation (3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington) or at any pool," Spitzer said. "A pass allows you entry into all three Upper Arlington swimming facilities for one economical price."

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