WILLIAMSTOWN - Swimming pools around the Mid-Ohio Valley are gearing up for the 2011 summer season with openings planned in the next month.
The Williamstown Healthy Lifestyle Swimming Pool is scheduled to open at 2:45 p.m. June 8 to give the children something to do when classes let out on their last day of school, said city Councilwoman Barbara Lewis.
"We want them to come from school and go to the pool," she said.
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While the Belpre City Pool is still under cover, it will be the first in the area to open on May 27.
The pool, which opened in 2009 through community and city efforts, is located next to Williamstown High School on land donated by the Wood County school district and the Fenton Foundation.
In preparation for the pool's opening, the city will soon sell season passes at the city building at 100 W. Fifth St. and at the pool. The sale will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 16, 23 and June 6.
The passes will be sold at a discounted price with family passes (for up to five people) at $170 and single passes being sold at $80. The regular prices are $180 and $85, respectively. The discounted prices will be available through June 9.
The pool's hours will be noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday with night swim from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Evening rentals and theme nights will be available Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The Belpre Pool will be the first to open for the season with the official schedule beginning at noon on May 27, according to city Safety-Service Director Dave Ferguson.
"The last day of school is May 25, so we wanted to open the pool early enough that the kids could enjoy it," Ferguson said.
As a way to thank the residents of Belpre for their past support of the pool, which opened in 2007 following years of fundraising, the city will have a free Community Appreciation event on May 26, said city Auditor Leslie Pittenger.
"We are looking into having a DJ come in and make it a big party," she said.
Details for the event are currently being worked out.
The Belpre Pool will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday with evening hours pending. The city hopes to be able to offer open swim for senior citizens and other programs to enhance what is already in place.
Belpre is also continuing to take applications for scholarships to provide free passes to the pool to low income families and children.
The city received grant money from the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley for recreation and have chosen to use some of it to provide this service, Pittenger said.
During the 2010 pool season, the United Way provided all of the financial assistance for 20 families and three individuals with pool passes and 22 children for swimming lessons.
Applications are available at the city building from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All assistance will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis until the grant money has been completely used, Pittenger said.
The Vienna pool in Jackson Memorial Park will open on June 9 with hours of noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The cost is $3 a person general daily admission and $25 for 10 visits as discounted tickets, according to Vienna parks director Norm Harris.
The pools in Parkersburg City Park and Southwood Park also will open on June 9 with hours of noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The cost is $3.50 for children ages 4-years-old to 12-years-old and $4 for 13-years-old and up, said Tracy Newberry, parks and recreation supervisor for the city of Parkersburg. Season passes are $35 per person for the pool and $45 for the pool and slide and $115 per family and $135 for the pool and slide.
All events for area pools are contingent on the weather.
"If there is rain and thunderstorms, we won't have the free community day and will push back the opening, if we need to," Ferguson said.