Groveport Aquatic Center to open without required COVID restrictions

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Aquatic Center lifeguard Elise Pickett on duty at the pool during a previous summer swim season. The pool is experiencing a shortage of certified lifeguards. To learn more about becoming a lifeguard at the Groveport Aquatic Center, contact Aquatics Manager Seth Bower at 614-836-1000. The pool will open Memorial Day weekend.

Everybody into the pool!

The Groveport Aquatic Center swimming pool will open Memorial Day weekend.

As a result of Governor Mike DeWine’s decision to rescind COVID-19 pandemic restrictions as of June 2, the Groveport Aquatic Center, the city of Groveport’s outdoor swimming pool located at 7370 Groveport Road, will open without required COVID-19 restrictions, according to city officials.

“This is very encouraging,” said Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp.

City officials said season passes to the pool are available for purchase as of May 19. Day passes will also be sold. For information on rates, visit groveport.rec.com or call 614-836-1000.

Groveport City Administrator B.J. King said all aspects of the pool will be open except for the lazy river feature. The lazy river will remain closed due to a lack of lifeguards.

“We have a lifeguard shortage,” said King. “We have 45 lifeguards and we normally have 60. We need five lifeguards just for the lazy river. We hope we can open the lazy river later in the season.”

Also due to the lifeguard shortage, special events at the pool will be limited. Visit groveportrec.com for event updates and also for information on group swim lessons.

Westcamp said that either the aquatics manager or the assistant aquatics manager will be on duty at the pool at all times. Both are also certified lifeguards.

The pool will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1-7 p.m. on Sundays. On July 3 the pool will be open from 1-8 p.m. due to the Fourth of July parade.

Tentatively, the pool will be open May 29-31; closed June 1-3; open June 4 to Aug. 15; closed Aug. 16-20; open Aug. 21-22; closed Aug. 23-27; open Aug. 28-29; closed Aug. 30 to Sept. 3; and open Sept. 4-6. The schedule may change for June 1, 2 and 3 based on lifeguard availability. Also, the last day of school for Groveport Madison Schools is May 28 and that may affect the date of opening day. Visit groveportrec.com for the most current operating hours and schedule.

According to city officials, no day pass patrons will be permitted into the facility once 500 patrons have entered. Only season pass holders and their paying guests will be permitted in once 500 patrons are there. No person may enter once there are 600 people at the pool.

The maximum occupancy may be less on any given day due to the availability of certified lifeguards. (Normal maximum capacity is 1,000 patrons.)

City officials recommend pool patrons wear masks while waiting in line and while walking around the grass and deck areas. Masks are not permitted while in the water. City officials also recommend patrons socially distance themselves while in line, while on the deck, or in the water.

Town Hall and recreation center
King said the city is planning to restore normal operations to Groveport Town Hall and the Groveport Recreation Center.

“Effective May 18, we are planning to begin offering room rentals and programming at Town Hall,” said King. “We’re also making plans to get the Groveport Recreation Center back to normal operations. However, getting the outdoor aquatics center open is top priority.”

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