Although rain interfered with plans to splash in the pool on several occasions this season, Westerville residents are trying to take advantage of what time they can spend at Westerville's Highlands Park Aquatic Center, 245 S. Spring Road.

Kelly Flynn, facility supervisor, said the pool has had a few rainy days, but "we've made the best of it."

One special feature, the Wibit Sports inflatable obstacle course, brings a fun energy to the pool, according to visitors.

The center set up the course June 19 as part of Wibit Wednesdays and will provide access to it again July 10 and Aug. 7.

Bill Plessinger, manager of the aquatics center, said the inflatable equipment was purchased in 2010, coinciding with the opening of the center in 2011.

Plessinger said the inflatable obstacle course is open for public use from noon until 5 p.m. on Wibit Wednesdays and is available for rent for special occasions. He said the center also brings the equipment out during special events at the pool.

"The rest of the year we take it back to the community center and we have it up over there," he said.

He said the center's one inflatable course is made up of four pieces. He said there are several different arrangements and pieces that can be purchased depending on a pool's size and the amount of water.

"We've replaced it as time has gone on, based upon need and wear of the equipment," he said.

Flynn said such courses cost anywhere from $4,000 to $6,000, depending on the pieces.

Plessinger said the obstacle course gets a lot of use.

"We usually have a line of kids waiting to get on it and they go again and again," he said.

Luke Trimmer, a lifeguard at the center, said the obstacle course is made up of lily pads that make a path and a bridge that goes into the water.

"It brings the energy up and a lot of kids, and even adults, seem to enjoy it," he said.

He said this is his fourth summer as a lifeguard and the course always brings up the energy in the pool. He said many visitors come specifically to use it.

"Most people try to see how fast they can do it," he said.

Those interested in renting the course for an event at the pool may call 614-901-6510.

Hours at the center are noon to 8 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 12. Hours for its late season, Aug. 13 through Sept. 1, are 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

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