The Marietta Aquatic Center will be open for Memorial Day weekend, with other area pools following suit in the weeks ahead.
Perhaps the most anticipated pool opening, the new Williamstown Healthy Lifestyle Swimming Pool, has been pushed back another week to June 13, said Tom Fenton, chairman of the pool committee.
"We're planning to open as soon as we're ready; it could be a day or two before that," he said.
MITCH CASEY The Marietta Times
Pool committee Chairman Tom Fenton hoses off debris from the side of the new Williamstown pool Wednesday as work progresses to complete the facility. The final Diamond Brite bottom surface will be applied Friday for the pool, set to open June 13.
The final coating must be applied to the bottom of the pool, a process that could take about 10 days to complete, Fenton said. After that, the pool must be filled and the chemicals properly mixed, he said.
While the coating is applied - work that will be done on weekends and the upcoming holiday - volunteers will continue to paint, erect fencing and prepare the ground for grass seeding, Fenton said.
Volunteer labor has saved about $300,000 on the project, which is being paid for with more than $1.4 million in grants and pledged donations, he said.
Area swimming pools
Marietta Aquatic Center
Opens: Saturday to Monday; reopens for the season Saturday, May 30.
Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. every day.
Daily admission: Age 2 and younger, free; 3 to 17, $5; 18 and older, $6.
Punch cards (10 visits): 3 to 17, $40; 18 to 54, $50; 55 and older, $40.
Passes: 3 to 17, $95 for city residents and taxpayers, $100 for non-residents; 18 to 54, $105 for residents and taxpayers, $110 for non-residents; 55 and older, $95 for residents and taxpayers, $100 for non-residents; family (up to four), $215 for residents and taxpayers, $235 for non-residents, $30 for each additional person.
Rentals: Depends on number of people in group, available online at www.mariettaoh.net/government/public_facilities/aquatic_center
Opens: Saturday, June 6.
Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Daily admission: Age 4 and younger, free; 5 to 17, $4; 18 to 54, $5; 55 and older, $4.
Passes: Individual, $85; family (up to five), $150, plus $20 for each additional member.
Rentals: $125 an hour with the concession stand; $175 an hour if you bring your own food.
Beverly-Waterford community pool
Opens: Friday, May 29.
Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Daily admission: Age 3 and younger, free; 4 to 18, $4; 19 to 54, $5; 55 and older, $4.
Passes: Individual, $75; family (up to four members), $145; each additional member, $20.
Rentals: $125 for the first hour, $100 for each additional hour.
Opens: Saturday, May 30.
Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. every day.
Daily admission: Individual, $5; family, $20.
Passes: Single, $140 for East Muskingum Township residents, $145 for non-residents; couple, $165 for residents, $170 for non-residents; family rate (any number), $190 for residents, $195 for non-residents; senior family (60 and older, includes grandchildren who live more than 30 miles away), $115 for residents, $120 for non-residents.
Rentals: Two hours, $75 for residents, $125 for non-residents.
Opens: Saturday, May 30, tentative (Monday, June 1, at the latest).
Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Monday, noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Daily admission: Age 1 and younger, free; 2 to 4, $1; 5 to 17, $3.50; 18 and older, $4.
Passes: Single, $70; family of two, $90; family of three, $110; $20 for each additional member.
Rentals: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday; 25 or fewer swimmers, $100; 26 to 50 swimmers, $150.
Parkersburg, City and Southwood parks
Open: Saturday through Monday Memorial Day weekend and May 30 to June 1; opens for the season Saturday, June 6.
Hours: Noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Daily admission: Age 3 and younger, free; 4 to 12, $1.75; 13 and older, $2.50.
Passes: Individual, $30; pool and slide (Southwood), $40; family (up to five), $100; pool and slide, $125.
Rentals: One hour, $50; two hours, $100; three, $140; four, $185.
Jackson pool (Vienna, W.Va.)
Opens: Saturday, May 30.
Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Daily admission: Age 4 and younger, free; 5 and older, $2.
Discount tickets: 10 visits for $15.
Rentals: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, starting June 15; $100 for the first two hours, $50 for third hour.
The pool is a replacement for the one lost in 2004 when Williamstown High School expanded. The new site is located near the school, not far from the original location.
The previous pool "was a vital resource to the town for 50 years," Fenton said.
Pools in Washington County will be opening sooner, but Marietta's aquatic center is the only one that will get started during the upcoming holiday weekend, regarded by many as the kickoff to summer.
The aquatic center will be open for its regular noon to 8 p.m. hours Saturday through Monday. It will close again for the remainder of the week before reopening for the season on Saturday, May 30.
The city of Parkersburg's pools at City and Southwood parks will also be open for the holiday weekend and again May 30 to June 1 before opening full time on June 6.
Staffing issues can make it difficult for pools to open for Memorial Day weekend. Jennifer Schenkel, treasurer for the East Muskingum Civic Association, said many of the Devola pool's lifeguards will still be in school, so it is opening on May 30.
That's also the day the Jackson Park pool in Vienna, W.Va., will open. The Beverly-Waterford pool will open a day earlier, on Friday, May 29.
The Lowell pool is also shooting for a May 30 opening, although Taten Ayers, village clerk and treasurer, said there's a chance that could be slightly delayed as standard maintenance issues are addressed. Ayers said Monday, June 1, is the latest the pool would open.
The next week, Belpre's pool will open on Saturday, June 6, followed, if all goes well, on June 13 by Williamstown's new