The lifeguards have been trained. The slides have been buffed. The deck chairs have been cleaned. For many area pools, all that is left to check off on the pre-opening to-do list is to just add water.
As usual, the Belpre Pool will kick off the season, opening May 24, the Friday before Memorial Day, said Belpre city auditor Leslie Pittenger.
"We are always the first to open and darn proud of it," she said.
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The Marietta Aquatic Center undergoes some final preparations Monday as Marietta resident Kent Forshey sandblasts the fiberglass slide, getting rid of a year’s worth of oxidation and making the slide ready for the center’s May 25 opening.
The Belpre Pool will follow up its opening with a free community swim day on May 27.
"So anyone can come for free and see the great facilities we have to offer," Pittenger explained.
The pool will be open daily from noon to 6 p.m., and family and individual pool passes are currently available at the Belpre City Building, she said.
Area pool opening dates and hours of operation
Belpre Pool-Opens May 24. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. daily.
Marietta Aquatic Center-Opens May 25. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. daily.
Beverly-Waterford Pool-Opens May 25. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. daily.
Devola Pool-Opens May 25. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. daily.
New Matamoras Pool-Opens June 1 (tentative). Hours are 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Williamstown Healthy Lifestyle Swimming Pool-Opens June 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. After that hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Lowell Pool-Opening date and hours of operation yet to be determined.
Individual passes are $85. A family pass costs $150 and accommodates up to five family members, she said.
Daily admission is free for children 4 and younger, $4 for those ages 5 to 18 and $5 for those 19 and older.
Additionally, the City of Belpre will offer financial assistance to allow low-income families and children passes to the pool on a first come, first served basis. Applications are being accepted now, said Pittenger, and those accepted will be asked to cover 25 percent of the cost of the pass.
The Belpre Pool is managed by the Marietta Family YMCA.
Pool manager and YMCA lifeguard instructor Jennifer Shoup said they are still looking for a handful of lifeguards and one employee to run the concession stand.
"Lifeguards need to be already certified, but for those who are procrastinating there is still a lifeguard class running in June," she said.
Opening May 25 are the Marietta Aquatic Center, the Beverly-Waterford Community Swimming Pool and the Devola Pool.
Lifeguards for the aquatic center and Beverly-Waterford pool have already completed their orientation, said Mike Bishman, owner of Professional Pool Management, which manages both pools as well as the Williamstown Healthy Lifestyle Swimming Pool.
"Retention this year was amazing. We've never had a year as good as this year as far as staff coming back," said Bishman.
The Marietta Aquatic Center will be open daily from noon to 7 p.m., said Susan Joyce, recreation coordination for Marietta.
Daily admission is $5 for children 17 and under and $6 for adults. Those interested in season passes can contact Joyce at 373-1616.
The Beverly-Waterford Pool will be open noon to 5 p.m. everyday, said Pam Jackson, clerk of the village of Beverly.
Beverly offers several admission options, ranging from daily passes to five-day passes to season passes, said Jackson.
Season passes are $130 for a family of four and $65 for an individual. Daily admission is free for those ages 3 and under, $4 for ages 4 to 18 and those over age 65, and $5 for everyone else.
The five-day pass, which is always a popular option, costs $15 per person, she added.
The Devola Pool is open noon to 7 p.m. everyday and daily admission is $5 per person or $40 for a punch card that allows 10 days of admission, said Steve Schoonover, current member and past president of the East Muskingum Civic Association.
Many pools have spent the off season making sure they are in line with regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act that went into effect in January, said Bishman.
The new requirements stipulate that pools over 300 linear feet have two means of access, meaning the Williamstown pool had to buy a second set of stairs, said Bishman.
Their pool will open June 11, the last day of school for Wood County Schools, said Williamstown City Councilwoman Barbara Lewis.
"We're open 4 to 7 p.m. that day so kids can just come over right after school," she said.
After that, the pool with be open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Season tickets will be on sale at the Williamstown City Building May 13-24 at a discounted rate, said Lewis.
"That discounts the family pass, which is for five people, from $180 to $170 and a single pass from $80 to $75," she explained.
People can include more than five family members, including one babysitter, on a family pass for $20 per extra person.
Daily passes are $5 for adults or $4 for children and seniors.
Jackson said anyone interested in helping fund a pool pass for low-income families can make a donation by contacting the City of Williamstown.
The New Matamoras Pool is tentatively scheduled to open June 1, said pool manager Dianna Chapman.
"We're going to try for the first. It depends on if I have everyone hired and in place," she said.
She is still looking for certified lifeguards, she said.
The New Matamoras Pool will be open from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday 1 to 6 p.m.
Season passes are $65 per person plus $20 more for each additional person thereafter, said Chapman.
Daily prices are $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for students and free for preschoolers.
No opening date, hours or prices have yet been set for the Lowell Pool, said Lowell Mayor David Pitzer.
"We have a council meeting next Wednesday were we will finalize all of those details," he said.
Council will also review applications and select a pool manager, he said.
Pitzer said he does not anticipate hours or prices changing much from last year, which was the first time in many years the pool made a profit.
"We'll likely stick with what works," he said.