GALLIPOLIS — For many a year, individuals across the country felt it was never truly summer season until the area pool opened and swimming weather was in swing.
For Gallia County and Gallipolis, opening season will begin Saturday at noon with the Gallipolis Municipal Pool in Haskins Park’s seasonal opening.
The main pool holds roughly 365,000 gallons and may use up to a tank of chlorine a week city workers have said in the past. The pool gets filled before its opening date for several weeks to allow water to acclimate to hotter temperatures. The pool may see, on average, 70 to 80 visitors a day.
The pool’s normal operating hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Between 7:30-9 a.m. weekdays, the pool conducts an adult swim, while water walkers can use the pool between 5-6 p.m. Brady Angell, city representative, said water walking is good for people who want to exercise, help with physical rehabilitation or combat arthritis. Between 6-7 p.m. the pool plays host to water aerobics and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Early morning swim asks an entrance fee of a dollar, water walkers a dollar and water aerobics $3.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. are family literacy nights. Individuals can bring books to receive free admission. When a 15-minute break is reached, students are asked to read their book.
Daily admission is free for children 4 years and younger, $4 for students and $5 for adults. Season passes can be purchased for $85 per child and $95 per adult. Family passes, encompassing two adults in the same household as well as two children, are $160. A $10 fee is tacked on for every individual added to the pass. Swimming lessons are $40 an individual per two-week session. Private pool parties are $250 for a two-hour party.
Morning swimming lessons will be held June 5 – 15. Levels three and four are from 9 to 9:50 a.m. and levels one and two are from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Evening lessons will be held June 19 – 29. Evening levels one and two are from 6:10 to 7 p.m. with levels three and four from 7:10 to 8 p.m.
The pool first opened July 26, 1986. City officials said the Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club contributed donations for the pool’s construction and operation. She added that the pool was originally built on a tax levy. The women’s club was one of the main supporters pushing to get the pool’s operation off the ground.
Area residents formed the Gallipolis City Pool Improvement Committee recently with the goal first replace the pool’s 30-year old filtration system. The group estimates costs to replace the system to be upwards of around $54,000. The committee would ideally like to have the filtration system in place by 2018 and intends on applying for grants. Fundraising efforts would allow the group to match percentages for grants. The committee intends to hold events like movie nights in Gallipolis City Park to assist in its efforts.
Angell says the city will continue making use of its old filtration system as it remains operational but is in need of a replacement.
For more information about the pool, call (740) 446-3483.