With the end of the swimming season right around the corner, area kids are trying to make the most of their summer vacation.
The Muskingum Family YMCA is always a popular destination on those hot summer days, as kids flock to the pool to cool off with a summer swim. YMCA Aquatics Director, Sam Gianettino, said after undergoing some much needed renovations, the 'Y' has seen yet another successful season.
"I believe it's been a big success this year, we still have camp going...
Pool season is in full gear which makes pool safety a serious priority for a local swim center.
Every year, Muskingum Family YMCA leaders go through a series of steps to make sure that the pool's water is up to the health department's standards.
" We go to the health department before the season starts. It has a training on what rules have changed and we go and attend that so we're up to date on all the rules," said Executive Director, Craig Miracle.
On Monday, a truck-load of 17 steel beams for the future natatorium made their way from Columbus to Zanesville. The massive beams were welded onto the recreation center and the executive director, Beth Chapman, says Monday was an important day for the community.
"We've really planned very hard for four years for this aquatic facility to be built and it's coming into full motion and today's a big day. We're placing the steel on the natatorium," said Chapman.
Since the pool opened on June 1, Craig Miracle, the Executive Director of the Muskingum Family YMCA says he usually sees around 200 kids in the pool on a hot day.
"Busiest times have been traditionally between about noon and 3:00 p.m. because of our day campers and some of the other groups that are here. But after about 3:00 p.m., it slows down somewhat so you see more families coming in towards the evening," said Miracle.
Kids find the best ways to stay cool in the Summer months, but they do need some reminders.
At the Muskingum Family YMCA, the center of attraction is the pool, a good way to stay cool.
"Obviously when it's this warm, people are looking for a way to cool off and we got several options. We've got our day campers here and one of the things we do to protect them is we try to get them inside especially when it's warm like this and we spend a lot of time in the college in the air...
June is proving to be a hot month across the state, with most days recording a temperature of 80 degrees or higher, and that's been great news for local pools, including the Dresden Swim Center.
"We've been very busy. As far as for the month of June, for the first couple weeks we've had a record June. Pool memberships are up as well as punch card and daily admission, " says Swim Center Manager, Lindsay Conley.
People aren't just coming out to get in the water though....
Well, it's going to be a really long day, literally.
Monday is officially the first day of Summer, and the longest day of the year. Many kids were out today at the Village Pool in South Zanesville enjoying the extended day of sunshine.
"We have a lot of people coming out here to swim. We have a good, good pool. We've been having a good time, so far it's been getting hot so everyone needs to come out here and swim," says lifeguard Zack McPeak.
With the unofficial start to summer underway, warm weather has people flocking to the pool. but the Muskingum Valley Red Cross says you need to protect your kids when it comes to the water. They need some kind of swimming background.
"Just don't take them and dump them off. Most pools have swim lessons. There are the red cross certified swim lessons, but most pools have swim lesson. Just because you take them to the pool, they have a life guard, but you should really still be...