The city of Canal Winchester decided July 9, to continue the membership-only policy at the municipal pool through the remainder of the 2021 pool season.
Following recent events of unruly behavior at the Canal Winchester Municipal Pool, city administrators made the decision to limit pool admission to only season-pass holders effective July 3. After reviewing comments from Canal Winchester City Council and the public, and considering other municipal pools in the area were enacting similar policies, the decision was made to continue this policy for the rest of the season.
The new policy allows members to bring one paid guest per member. For example, if a membership has four individuals listed, and each of those individuals visits the pool, they may each bring a guest with them for a total of four guests. Individuals looking for a more affordable option should consider the Vacationers Pass, which is good for 10 pool visits.
This pass may be shared with multiple individuals for a total of 10 visits. For example, a couple may visit the pool five times together with this pass, or a family of five may visit twice. The Vacationers Pass requires one business day for processing prior to use.
Matt Peoples, public service director for the city of Canal Winchester, said, “Safety of the pool patrons is the priority here, and being able to control the admissions through memberships gives us the best chance to root out unruly behavior by suspending their passes.”
The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office will continue to patrol the pool and surrounding area for added security.
City administrators plan to revisit the current admission ordinance before the 2022 season.
Pool memberships are available for purchase on the city website. For information, visit www.canalwinchesterohio.gov.