PARKERSBURG -Swimming pools throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley experienced a typical summer season, officials said.
"This was a really busy year, even with the weather," said Williamstown City Councilwoman Barbara Lewis of the Williamstown Health Lifestyle Swimming Pool.
For its fifth season, the Williamstown pool, like many swimming facilities throughout the area, lost several days each month of the season because of weather, many days saw the pool close hours early as a thunderstorm, lightening or heavy rain forced the closures.
But Lewis said, when the weather was good, the pool was packed.
"This summer was not the greatest for weather," said Alan Farnsworth, Pleasants County parks superintendent. "Few summers allow pools to be open every day, but this year was pretty rough."
In July, the new Pleasants County Aquatic Center, which opened to the public June 1, lost six full days of operation because of storms and other weather-related issues.
"Overall, attendance and revenue was extremely pleasing," Farnsworth said. "Even with the weather having made us close so much, our revenue was four times last year's."
While most area pools saw an average of 200 people per day, Farnsworth said the new aquatic center in the Pleasants County Park in St. Marys, had several days of more than 400 people enjoying the amenities.
"We were all surprised by the amount of people who came from outside the Pleasants County area," he said. "I talked to people from Marietta, Parkersburg, Waterford and Ravenswood.
"I was extremely taken aback by the people traveling so far to come to our pool," Farnsworth added.
For the coming pool season, Farnsworth is curious to find out if travelers will visit St. Marys again while Lewis hopes to see the Williamstown Swim Team grow.
"Our swim team did well this year and we hope to see even more people at swim meets and more kids to join us," Lewis said.
"Really, this year was great, even without the co-operation of the weather," Farnsworth added. "I look forward to next summer and, hopefully, better weather."