By Rick Palsgrove
The Groveport Aquatic Center swimming pool will open Memorial Day weekend.
“First and foremost, it is important for us to open the Aquatic Center this year to provide a recreation opportunity for the community,” said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King. “We are progressing toward a sense of normalcy. I am hopeful as the season progresses we are able to roll back some of the restrictions. The plan we are opening with is fluid and we will monitor it throughout the season. I look forward to the day that we can have a normal aquatics season – we are getting there.”
Last summer the Groveport Aquatic Center did not operate per the recommendation of the Franklin County Health Department due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Groveport Recreation Director Kyle Lund and Aquatics Manager Seth Bower met with officials from Franklin County Public Health on April 22 to discuss the city pool’s Operations Plan, which outlines how the pool will safely operate this summer during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Franklin County Public Health endorsed the plan and the pool will open. Under the Groveport Aquatic Center Operations Plan:
•Season passes will not be sold due to uncertainties, social distancing mandates, and a “desire by the city to serve as many people as possible.” Patrons may only buy day passes at a cost of $8 for Groveport residents and $12 for non-residents. Those age 2 and younger are admitted free. Group rate discounts are not available. Day passes are only valid for the session purchased (see session times below) and may not be transferred from one date to another.
•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.
•Operating hours will be from noon to 3 p.m.; closed from 3-4 p.m. for additional disinfecting; and open from 4-7 p.m. On July 4 the pool will be open from 1-4 p.m. and from 5-8 p.m.
•The maximum capacity per each time block is 160 patrons. (Normal maximum capacity is 1,000 patrons.) The maximum occupancy may be less during any session or day due to certified lifeguard availability.
•Face masks required while waiting in line, entering the facility, while walking on the pool deck, using the restroom, leaving the facility, and when talking with city staff. Face masks are not required while sitting at your on deck or grass space or while at a picnic table eating and drinking. Face coverings are not permitted to be worn while in the water. Face masks are not required if under age 10, you have a medical respiratory condition, or when communicating with the hearing impaired where the ability to se the mouth is needed for communication.
•There is a six foot social distancing requirement both in and out of the water.
•The following amenities will not be available: lazy river, in-water playground with kiddie slide; lounge/deck chairs (patrons may bring their own); drinking fountains; and personal flotation devices (patrons may bring their own).
•The following amenities will be available: zero depth entry pool; leisure pool; two 1-meter diving boards; two water slides; tots sprayground; vending machines; restrooms; lockers; and picnic tables.
•No special aquatic related events will be held.
•For information on group swim lessons visit groveportrec.com.
Groveport Director of Facilities and Parks Management Tom Byrne said in a written report to council, “The outdoor pool is now filled with water, all pumps are installed, the playground is repaired, and hopefully all the systems will operate as designed.”
The Groveport Aquatic Center is located in Groveport Park, 7370 Groveport Road.
For information visit groveport.rec.com or call 614-836-1000.