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The List: Community Pools Open for the 2021 Summer Season

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After a 2020 summer largely devoid of swimming, poolside days are ahead across Central Ohio.

Memorial Day weekend is that classic kickoff to the summer pool season and one thing that is (relatively) back to normal for 2021!

A day at the pool may require a little planning ahead this year. Some communities and locations are operating on a reservation-only or season pass-only system. Before you throw that suit on, always be sure to check a pool’s website for hours and the most up-to-date information as state and national guidelines regarding the pandemic continue to shift. (Several communities are operating under sticker guidelines Memorial Day weekend before COVID-related health orders lift on June 2.)

The weather is looking….not awesome this weekend. Keep an eye on your pool’s weather policy to know whether you should grab that sunblock or wait it out a week.

Here’s to summer sun and poolside days ahead!


Opening Saturday, May 29

The David H. Madison Bexley Pool, 2100 Clifton Ave., opens for the summer on Saturday, May 29! Memberships are available for residents and non-residents, and daily admission will be available at the gate. Pre-registration is not required, and swimmers will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis with a max of 550 patrons. Pool season runs through Labor Day.

For more information, visit bexley.org/pool.

Canal Winchester

Opening Memorial Day Weekend

The Canal Winchester Municipal Pool, 180 Groveport Rd., is back in action for 2021. Pool operations will follow current public health guidelines, with unvaccinated guests asked to wear a mask when not in the water and vaccinated guests able to go un-masked. Lounge chairs will be limited, so the pool recommends to bring your own! Enjoy the pool through Sunday, September 5.

For more information, visit canalwinchesterohio.gov.

City of Columbus

Select Pools May 31; All Pools Week of June 7

The City of Columbus’ eight outdoor pools will welcome swimmers this summer. Visitors must register in advance online for one of three, daily, two-hour time blocks (12:30-2:30 p.m., 3-5 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m.). For 2021, admission to all pools will be free and leisure cards will not be required, with pool memberships remaining on hold for now. City of Columbus pools will wrap up their seasons August 15 – 22. (Editor’s Note 5/28/2021: The city of Columbus has delayed the opening of select pools until May 31 due to unseasonably cool temperatures.)

For more information, visit columbus.gov/pools.


Opening Saturday, May 29

It’s back to business as usual for Dublin’s community pools for summer 2021. Dublin Community Pool North, 5660 Dublinshire Dr., and Dublin Community Pool South, 6363 Woerner Temple Rd. will be open through September 6. Season passes and daily drop-in rates are available.

For more information, visit dublinohiousa.gov/pools.


Opening Saturday, May 29

Dive on into one of Gahanna’s two community pools for summer fun. The Gahanna Swimming Pool, 148 Parkland Dr., will be open through August 11, while Hunters Ridge Pool, 341 Harrow Blvd., will just keep swimming through Labor Day. Reservations are not required and guests can use their membership pass or pay a daily rate at the gate.

For more information, visit gahanna.gov.


Opening Saturday, May 29

It’s full swim ahead this summer for the Grandview Municipal Pool, 1350 Goodale Blvd. It’s first come, first swim, and chairs will be spaced to allow for social distancing. Pool-goers can also track pool capacity here. Unvaccinated individuals are asked to wear a mask in indoor spaces.

For more information, visit grandviewheights.gov.

Grove City

Opening Saturday, May 29

Grove City’s The Big Splash, 2831 Southwest Blvd., is back in action for the summer! However, entrance is available only to season pass holders. Season passes are available to purchase online at $50 for residents and $100 for non-residents. No day passes are currently being sold. Pass holders can enjoy the pool through Labor Day.

For more information, visit grovecityohio.gov.


Opening Saturday, May 29

Dip your toes in the the water at the Groveport Aquatic Center, 7370 Groveport Rd., during the 2021 season. The experience will be sans one feature – the lazy river will be closed due to a shortage of certified lifeguards. Pool capacity will also be capped. No day-pass holders will be admitted once 500 guests have entered the facility, but season pass holders will still be admitted up to a max of 600 patrons. The pool will wrap things up for the summer on Labor Day.

For more information, visit groveportrec.com.


Opening Saturday, May 29

Spend some time poolside at Hilliard’s two community pools – the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center, 3850 Veterans Memorial Dr., and the Clyde “Butch” Seidle Community Pool, 4450 Schirtzinger Rd. Pool memberships and day passes are available.

For more information, visit hilliardohio.gov/pools-passes.

New Albany

Opening Saturday, May 29

Make those reservations for some poolside time at the Plain Township Aquatic Center, 7650 Swickard Woods Blvd. Initially, capacity will be limited to 400 visitors with multiple swim sessions and will require advanced registration through Tuesday, June 1. That day, township trustees will consider lifting capacity and reservation limitations moving forward. Stay tuned!

For more information, visit plaintownship.org.


Opening Friday, May 28

The Powell Pool, 245 Adventure Park Dr., is back in full swing for the summer 2021 season. Memberships are required, but the pool hosts community days the first Monday of every month.

For more information, visit powellpool.com.

Upper Arlington

Opening Saturday, May 29

Upper Arlington’s three aquatic facilities, Tremont Pool, Devon Pool and Reed Road Waterpark, will be open for summer swimming adventures. UA is opting for cash-free admissions. Pool-goers can purchase daily admission and season passes online in advance, or pay with a credit card at the gate. Deck furnishings will be limited, so guests are encouraged to bring their own.

For more information, visit upperarlingtonoh.gov.


Opening Saturday, May 29

Westerville’s Highland Park Aquatic Center, 245 S. Spring Rd., will be under limited capacity for residents and pass holders only with scheduled time slots through Tuesday, June 1. Then it’s full swim ahead! After Wednesday, June 2, there are no restrictions for vaccinated swimmers, while non-vaccinated are asked to continue wearing a mask. At that time, daily admission is also available to both residents and non-residents.

For more information, visit parks.westerville.org.


Opening Preview June 2 – 4; Grand Opening June 5

The first week of June will bring pool days to Worthington. The pool, 400 W. Dublin-Granville Rd. will be open June 2- 4 for registered members with reserved, time-slot attendance. After the grand opening on June 5, the pool will officially open at 75% capacity for the summer with no reservations required. It’s a long season for Worthington, officially closing on Friday, September 10.

For more information, visit worthingtonpools.com.

Zoombezi Bay

Opening Saturday, May 29

Enjoy a day at the Bay all summer long. Through Tuesday, June 1, all Zoombezi Bay visits will require a dated, timed ticket. As of Wednesday, June 2, Season Pass Holders and Gold Members will no longer need a reservation, but single-day guests will still require an advanced reservation by purchasing a ticket online. Tickets will not be sold at the park until further notice. The Zoombezi Bay season runs through Labor day.

For more information, visit zoombezibay.columbuszoo.org.

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