Due to a severe shortage of certified lifeguards and the resultant risk to public safety and in consultation with Mayor Steve Patterson and Service Safety Director Tom Pyle, the city of Athens and the Athens Arts, Parks, and Recreation Department announces the following changes to the hours, programming and services at the Athens City Pool effective July 25, 2021.

Operational Hours:

Monday, July 26–Thursday, July 29: No Open Swim hours

Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31: Open Swim noon–7 p.m. No capacity restrictions. All areas of pool will be open.

Sunday, July 25: Open Swim Hours: Open Swim noon–7 p.m. Capacity capped at 75.

Lap Swim: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7 a.m.–11:45 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 6 p.m.– 8 p.m.

Splash Pad: Open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at no cost.

Season Pass holders can request a refund for the remainder of the season by emailing athensparks&rec@ci.athens.oh.us

In a press release announcing the hours change, the city said it will continue to recruit and recertify lifeguards. The city hopes to keep the pool open the remainder of the season with this schedule, and to offer services contingent on staff availability and coverage, the release continued.

For more information, contact the Arts, Parks, and Recreation Department at athensparks&rec@ci.athens.oh.us.

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