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Perrysburg Community Pool provides refreshing resource

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Patrick Hubbard, 4, dives into the Perrysburg city pool Saturday. Patrick Hubbard, 4, dives into the Perrysburg city pool Saturday.
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Alia Wolaver, Elizabeth Laeng, and Tara Hammitt laid out on three poolside chairs cracking jokes at the Perrysburg community pool while each of them watched their two children played in the pool on Friday.

Matthew Hubbard, 7, dives into the Perrysburg city pool Saturday. Matthew Hubbard, 7, dives into the Perrysburg city pool Saturday.
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The Perrysburg Municipal Pool, at 227 Silver Maple Drive, has become a community hang out for children and parents.

Sam Pratt, 11, plays in the Perrysburg city pool Saturday. Sam Pratt, 11, plays in the Perrysburg city pool Saturday.
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"Our kids run into a lot of their friends at school or from baseball," Ms. Laeng said. "There are plenty of trained lifeguards on duty so it is safe."

The pool is open everyday from 1 to 8:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. to noon on weekdays for children under the age of five. The single daily rate is $3 for city residents and $10 for non-city residents.

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"We get people here from Arizona visiting family," head lifeguard Eric Barnes said. "We try to keep it kid-friendly here and the staff professional and looking happy.

"Safety is the main thing," Mr. Barnes said, and then sternly told two small children to walk, not run.

The pool has two diving boards -- one 9.84 feet high and one 3.28 feet -- a water slide, children's play area, and swimming lanes.

Mr. Barnes said they try to always have nine lifeguards on duty, three people at the front desk, two at concessions, and one head lifeguard. He also said how busy it is usually depends on the temperatures.

"We were busy [on the Fourth of July]," front desk worker Paul Stedman said. "Until clouds rolled in then people left."

Perrysburg Township resident Ms. Laeng, and her friends, brought in lunch for her two children as they enjoyed swimming and the sun. That is one thing the three friends watching over their children enjoy was bringing pizza or lunch for a picnic.

While food and beverages are allowed in, alcohol is not.

"It is a good community pool," Ms. Wolaver said. "You can see the entire pool from any angle along the side."

On the other side of the pool Friday was Perrysburg resident Andrea Rajner, who was able to read a book while her 9-year old Julia Rajner got some ice cream the concessions and was getting ready to get back in the water. 

"When she was younger, I had to watch her like a hawk," she said. "We come at least a couple times a week. It gives me a break. [The children] know when they come here the will always see people they know."

The pool will be open until Aug. 25.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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