(Posted April 21, 2021)
By Josephine Birdsell, Staff Writer
The West Jefferson village pool is reopening for the season.
Opening day will be May 29 or May 31, depending on availability of lifeguards, said Mayor Ray Martin.
This year, the pool will be open to non-residents, as well as residents. Last year, the village limited admission to residents only as part of COVID-19 safety measures regarding capacity.
This year, the village hopes to increase pool capacity to approximately 150 people, compared to last season’s initial limit of 50 people (later increased to 75). Before setting an official limit, the village is waiting on guidelines from Madison County Public Health.
New admission rates are in place for this year’s pool season. Pricing depends on residency. In most cases, West Jefferson residents receive a discount. For example, a single-person season membership is $120 for residents and $200 for non-residents. Family memberships (two adults and up to five children under the age of 22) are $170 for residents and $250 for non-residents. Babysitter memberships (one adult and up to five children under the age of 18) are $250 for residents and non-residents. Memberships are free for individuals over the age of 60.
Residents and non-residents receive a $10 discount on their memberships if they purchase them before June 1.
Daily admission rates to the pool do not vary based on residency, but they do vary based on age. Admission is free for children 2 years old and younger. Admission for children who are 3 to 5 years old is $2. Admission for people ages 6 to 59 years old is $4. After 5 p.m., admission is $2 for everyone.
Village leaders are excited to reopen the pool.
“It’s the biggest amenity we have, so it gives kids a chance to go somewhere and do something,” Martin said.
For more information about the upcoming pool season, contact Shelton Stanley, West Jefferson’s special events and recreation manager, at (614) 307-6543.
In other news, the village is asking residents to light blue lights outside their homes from May 7 to May 19 in a show of support for the village police department. The ACE Hardware distribution center in West Jefferson is donating lights to the police department. Village residents can receive free lights through the “Village of West Jefferson Ohio” app, available for free download in the app store and compatible with Apple and Android devices.