Pools gear up for summer

Dylan Polk TimesNewspapers
The Shore Acres Pool features a water slide, diving well and a separate pool for toddlers.

With Memorial Day in the past, area public pools are preparing to welcome summer crowds to their facilities.

For Chillicothe, that means a trip to one of two facilities: Shore Acres Park, which includes Chillicothe’s only outdoor public pool, and Pearce Community Center.

The Shore Acres Pool, 100 Park Blvd., opens from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and is open seven days per week — weather permitting — until Aug. 8.

The pool opened in 2007 at a cost of approximately $2 million, according to Chillicothe Park District Executive Director Kevin Yates.

The pool can accomodate up to 600 swimmers, Yates said, and includes two water slides and a diving well. Yates added the facility also includes amenities for younger swimmers.

“There is a separate zero depth pool for younger swimmers with a play structure but it is not exclusive,” Yates said.

In addition, Yates said, the pool hosts special events throughout the summer, and the pool is available for private rentals.

“The Chillicothe Library and David Leitch hold their summer reading program swimming events at Shore Acres Pool,” Yates said.

About 40 employees make up the pool’s staff in the summer, Yates said, though the pool schedules 12 employees per shift.

The price of admission is as follows: children under the age of 5 are admitted for free; $6 for ages 6 and up; $5 for seniors over the age of 60; $2 for spectators not entering the water; and $3 for swimmers after 3 p.m.

Swimming lessons are also available at Shore Acres. The first session of group swimming lessons runs from 9-10:30 a.m. and 10-10:30 a.m. June 15-26. The second session runs from 9:30-10 a.m., 10-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-7 p.m. July 6-17. Group swimming lessons are available for $45 per swimmer for children ages 5 and up.

Registration must be completed prior to the first date of the session.

In addition, private swim lessons are available for individuals of all skill levels, ages 4 through adult. The first session runs from 10:30-11 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m. June 15-26. The second session runs from 10:30-11 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m. and 7-7:30 p.m. July 6-17. Cost is $85 per swimmer.

VIP passes are also available for $75 before May 30 and $95 after May 29.

The passes — which are available to in-district residents only — include 20 entries per card and allow holders to enter the pool five minutes before opening every day.

In addition, Pearce Community Center’s pool is open to the public throughout the summer.

The Barb Truitt Memorial Pool opened at Pearce in 1991 at a cost of $1.2 million — all of which was donated by Truitt through the Chillicothe Foundation.

While Pearce offers water aerobics, swimming lessons and team practice for the swim team DOCS, open, recreational swimming is held at the pool when the aforementioned events are not being held.

The pool is six lanes wide and 25 yards long with the water temperature maintained at around 83-84 degrees Fahrenheit.

The pool also includes an underwater treadmill for “low impact/high intensity workout,” plus a hyraulic chair lift for anyone with disabilities.

Pearce staffs seven instructors/lifeguards, plus a part-time aquatics coordinator.

Access to the pool — plus access to Pearce’s indoor track, locker rooms and game rooms — is $7 for individuals ages 13 and older and $5 for children ages 7-12. Children ages 6 and under are free. In addition, Pearce offers a family rate of $15 for access to the pool, track, lockers and game rooms.

All-access to the Pearce facilities — including workout equipment — is available to individuals ages 15 and older for $15 per day.

For more information on Pearce swimming programs, visit www.PearceCC.com or call 274-4209.