Marietta Aquatic Center season pass unchanged

Photo by Chad Plauche-Adkins The new shelter at the Marietta Aquatic Center is ready for summer celebrations.

MARIETTA — Rates at the Marietta Aquatic Center will not increase this year, city officials said.

A season pass at the center for Marietta residents is $95 for youth ages 3 to 17 and seniors, $105 for adults and $215 for a family of four. Non-residents must pay an additional $5 in each category.

A $5 discount is available if purchased before May 1.

Passes can be ordered at mariettaoh.net. Single-day ticket prices will remain at $5 for youth and seniors and $7 for adults.

A new shelter has been constructed at the facility.

“It’s a great addition,” said Susan Joyce, office manager for the city’s Public Facilities Department.

Because of the location of the shelter away from the main pool area, Joyce said it will provide a peaceful site for people to rent.

“It’s a great spot to have a birthday,” she said.

The $12,107 structure was paid for with funds raised by Marietta McDonald’s LLC’s McDonald’s Half Marathon. Brian Anderson, office manager for Marietta McDonald’s and the race’s director, said donating to the aquatic center fit their model for groups who receive the donations.

“We try and tie everything into health and fitness,” he said.

Anderson said the pool promotes fitness with swimming and the race has given to other Marietta area groups that also encourage a healthier lifestyle.

“We’ve also given to the playground beside Washington Elementary,” he said. “And we have donated to the walking trail at Gold Star Park on Harmar Hill.”

Joyce said the city still hasn’t set a price for renting the shelter, but encouraged people to call her at 740-373-1616 in the coming months for more information and to reserve it.

Joyce said last summer’s heavy rains gave the center only a minimal profit, but they still wanted to keep the cost affordable by keeping fees the same as last year.

Anderson said registration is already open for the third running of the McDonald’s Half Marathon on Sept. 14. Interested parties can sign up at runsignup.com and enter the keyword “McDonald’s Half Marathon” to participate. Anderson said people can run or walk in either the 5K, 10K, the entire half marathon or a new race for the 2019 event.

“There will be a bike race this year,” he said.

Anderson said entrance fees are from $25 to $40 depending on the race.

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