A new policy is in effect at the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center and the Clyde “Butch” Seidle Community Pool when the pools open for the season Saturday, June 1.
Patrons no longer will be able to bring deliveries of pizza or any other takeout orders into a pools facility, said Anna Subler, a communications administrator for Hilliard.
Also, no pizza boxes will be permitted inside the facilities, she said.
However, patrons may continue to pack food – including pizza – and drinks to bring from home in coolers and bags, Subler said.
Other than some comments posted to the city’s social-media accounts about the new policy, the city has not received feedback, Subler said May 28. Several residents also commented against the policy via ThisWeek’s Hilliard Facebook account while the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center was open for three days during the Memorial Day weekend.
“We haven’t had any problems with the policy,” Subler said.
The new policy for the pools has two parts, she said.
“Both pools are in the process of becoming zero-waste facilities, and pizza boxes contribute toward a large amount of waste at both pools,” she said, also referencing the Seidle pool, formerly known as the Hilliard East Municipal Pool.
The concession providers at both pools use environmentally friendly serving products, Subler said.
The frequency of deliveries also was a drain on the time of pool staff members, she said. Arrivals of deliveries previously were announced over loudspeakers.
“This policy will allow pool staff to better focus on their jobs rather than make delivery announcements,” she said.
In the event a patron still makes that call for a pizza, that individual or family will be asked to consume it at picnic tables outside the pool gates, Subler said.
Pizza boxes should be placed in the trash cans outside the pool, she said.
Other changes also are in store at the Seidle pool.
Earlier this year, Hilliard City Council renamed the East pool after Seidle, the city’s service director, who died March 2 at age 68.
An official renaming ceremony is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at the pool.
Seidle had retired from the city March 1 and had served as service director since 2004.
He helped plan a $3 million improvement project that is in its final stages.
“We expect the work will be substantially completed in time for the official June 1 opening,” said David Ball, director of communications for Hilliard.
The project included the demolition of a bathhouse that was replaced with a multifunctional pool building that features a new bathhouse, a lifeguard lounge, a family restroom, offices, a food-and-beverage area and shaded seating, he said.
The upgrades are the second phase of a project that follows the construction last year of a new splash pad, a filtration system, a 14-foot water slide and a zero-depth entry into the pool.
The Hilliard Family Aquatic Center, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive, will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and from noon to 7 p.m. Sundays.
The Clyde “Butch” Seidle Community Pool, 4450 Schirtzinger Road, will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays.