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Marietta Aquatic Center set to open May 29

Local residents sweltered in the hot summer sun last year, but with the easing of some pandemic restrictions, families will have a place to cool off starting May 29 at the Marietta Aquatic Center. (File Photo)

By Michele Newbanks

Staff Reporter

Local residents sweltered in the hot summer sun last year, but with the easing of some pandemic restrictions, families will have a place to cool off starting May 29 at the Marietta Aquatic Center.

But between now and then, a lot of work will be done to spruce up the water park.

“We want to have everything done by then and have a nice new grand opening,” said Marietta Mayor Josh Schlicher.

The pool will be open daily noon to 6 p.m.

He said Monday there has been no comprehensive maintenance since the park opened in 2004.

Last summer, there was a mandate they couldn’t open, so they did work on the mechanical pumps and re-winterized it all, Schlicher recalled.

“We’re doing pretty extensive renovations,” he explained

Work will include servicing the pumps and equipment, repairing the parking lot, building maintenance, landscaping, lighting, concrete work and painting.

“We’re going to paint and freshen everything up,” he added. The equipment will be sandblasted and painted starting next week.

“There will be a good overall cleaning, maintaining and freshening up … a good facelift of everything,” Schlicher noted.

The budget for repairs was originally $60,000, but it was reduced by about half. The largest portion will go for sandblasting and painting.

Funding for the project will come from the capital improvement fund, Schlicher said.

He said the city is still waiting to hear back from the Marietta/Belpre Health Department on whether masks will be required, as well as whether a reduced number of people will be allowed in the park.

Messages left for Barbara Bradley, the health department’s director of environmental health, were not returned Monday.

Pre-season passes will be available through the month of April on the city’s website at http://www.mariettaoh.net/. Click on the government and services tab, then the link for the Marietta Aquatic Center. At the bottom of the page is a link for tickets and passes.

Regular season prices are also listed, including season passes, punch cards for up to 10 visits, and one-day tickets.

Schlicher said the prices on the site are up-to-date for this summer.

The site also lists that debit and credit cards are not accepted, but that may soon change.

“We’re currently working through that. We want to open everything up for credit,” Schlicher said. “Permitting, water bills … everything we accept a fee for.”

He said the city wanted to have it in place last year, but it wasn’t possible.

“We want to be up and running by this June to have all this available,” he said. “Get up to the modern times of logging in and paying online. It’s been needed for a long time. With everybody using debit cards now, we desperately need to get that going.”

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If you go:

¯ Who: Marietta Aquatic Center.

¯ Where: 233 Pennsylvania Ave.

¯ When: May 29.

¯ Cost: One-day tickets — $5 for youths ages 3-12; $6 for youths ages 13-17; $7 for adults; $6 for seniors ages 55 and older; $6 for military with proper ID.

¯ Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. daily.

Source: City of Marietta.

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