By Rick Palsgrove
The city of Groveport has made further revisions to its policies regarding admittance to the Groveport Aquatic Center following recent serious incidents at the pool.
On July 2, Groveport City Council approved limiting admission to the pool to individuals and/or families who possess a resident or non-resident seasonal pass. Day passes were eliminated.
However, on July 12, Groveport City Council approved restoring the purchase and use of day passes to the pool for Groveport residents. Groveport residents are defined as those who live within the city’s corporation limits.
The rules for the restoration of day passes are:
•Group rate 10 packs are not available the rest of the 2021 season.
•Group outings, defined as organized groups of six or more, are not permitted.
•Groveport residents and up to five guests are eligible to purchase day passes. The Groveport resident must accompany the guests to the pool.
•Season pass holders and their guests are eligible to purchase day passes and the season pass holder must accompany the guests to the pool.
•Pre-purchased and pre-issued day passes may be used if the above criteria are met.
•Persons who wish to use the Groveport Aquatic Center by using day passes must first acquire a Groveport Recreation Department issued identification card, which must then be presented and scanned at the time of day pass payment and entry. These identification cards are free to Groveport residents and will cost $2 to non-Groveport residents. The identification card is good for two years.
•Groveport corporate residents are not eligible to buy a day pass unless they are a guest of a Groveport resident or a season pass holder.
•The recreation director, after consultation with the city administrator, has the authority to change pool classifications, rules, policies, and definitions as needed.
“This is a very good next step,” said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King. “This holds people accountable. We’re going to know who is in our facility. Other communities are following our lead regarding their own pools.”
Other actions taken by the city to maintain safety at the pool include raising the minimum age of individuals permitted in the facility without a parent or legal guardian to age 14 (previously it was age 10); security cameras are being installed including five in and around the breezeway and another at the side gate near the concession stand; and a police officer will be assigned to the pool during specific times mandated by the police chief after consultation with the mayor.
The actions were taken due to a recent serious of incidents where lifeguards were attacked at the pool. On June 30 a group of juveniles allegedly assaulted one of the pool’s lifeguards on the pool deck, according to the Groveport Police. Four suspects were identified and Groveport Law Director Kevin Shannon said charges are expected to be filed against them.
In addition to the group of juveniles’ assault on the lifeguard, Shannon said an intoxicated male also recently allegedly assaulted a lifeguard by pushing the lifeguard into the pool. Charges are expected to be filed against the suspect.
For information about the pool call 614-836-1000 or 614-836-2255.