MIDDLEPORT - Admission is free at the Middleport Pool today, as the historic pool opens for another swimming season.
Pool Manager Dale Riffle said the pool will be open for a full season, after all. Earlier this spring, Riffle said the pool would open, but could close as early as mid-July because of an operating shortfall. Now, because of donations made to the pool's budget, it will remain open at least until the beginning of the Meigs County Fair, and perhaps through Labor Day, Riffle said.
This weekend is also the time to buy season passes - they will be available today and Monday at discount rates. Season passes are priced at $40 for an individual, $100 for a family, up to six, and $150 for a business, up to 10 people per day. Today and Monday, those passes will be available for $30, $80 and $120.
Daily admission fees are $2 for children 8-12, $3 for 13-17, $4 for adults and free for those 62 and older.
This year, for the first time, free lunches will be provided to the first 100 children visiting the pool each day. The lunches will be provided by the Appalachian Food Network.
Swimming lessons will also be offered by pool staff, which includes lifeguards employed through Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency and the county commissioners' Summer Youth Employment Program.