The South Charleston Pool, 208 E. Columbus Road, will open on Memorial Day weekend with the help from Village Council.
The council will allow the South Charleston Pool Board to perform community service in lieu of paying its more than $5,000 water bill to allow the pool to operate this summer.
“We’re very appreciative of that decision,” said Wendy Russell, the president of the pool board. “We feel the pool is an important part of our community. We truly appreciate that they’re willing to do that to keep the pool open.”
In March, the council voted 2-1 to supply water to the pool. Village commissioners Larry Tillman and Russ White voted for the decision, while commissioner Greg Rice was against it. Rice could not be reached by phone for comment.
The village is still working out details as far as community service to help reduce the bill.
“It’s important for the kids to have a place where they can go swim,” White said. “The pool is struggling. If the village giving them water will help them stay in business, then I think that’s what we have to do.”
White said the bill belongs to the board, not an individual. Also, no one else uses that amount of water in South Charleston. White believes if the council doesn’t supply the water to the pool board, they’ll get no community service or back payment.
“If we can get some community service out of it, I feel it’s a win-win,” White said.
Russell said they’re willing to do what they can to help reduce the pool’s water bill.
The pool is important to the village because it provides a place for families to go in the summer in South Charleston and provides recreation for children, Russell
“We feel it’s a safe environment for them to be during the summer rather than wandering around town,” Russell said. “We strive to make it a very family-oriented place.”
The pool also employs approximately 10 lifeguards per summer. Management and other services like maintenance and groundskeeping is provided by volunteers.
“That’s the only way that it’s been able to continue,” Russell said. “We couldn’t make it without that.”
The pool board has also tried several different fundraising efforts, including the fourth annual Big Splash 5K run, which is scheduled for August.
The pool is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend and will begin weekday hours after school closes on May 29. Membership applications can be found at southcharlestonpool.org.
Other public pool openings in Clark County this month include:
• National Trail Parks and Recreation District’s Splash Zone Waterpark, 300 Eagle City Road, will open for Memorial Day weekend, May 25 through 27, then reopen for the summer on June 1. The pool will stay open until August 18.
• The New Carlisle Pool, 301 E. Lake Ave., will open May 25.