As winter nears its halfway point, Avon is enticing residents to think about summer.

Avon is offering a discount on pool passes through June 4. Passes for residents and friendship passes for non-residents are on sale now.

City Council approved the discount recommended by Aquatic Center coordinator Tom Fattler as part of the pool’s fifth anniversary. The swim season opens May 29, heading into Memorial Day weekend and closes the evening of Sept. 7, Labor Day.

Early Bird passes can be purchased until June 4. A summer pass for one person is $75, and a family of four is $224. The price for a family of six or more is $298. After June 4, the family price for one person is $80, the price for a family of four is $244, and the cost for a family of six or more is $328.

People can come into the Avon Parks and Recreation Office at 35001 Schwartz Road to purchase their passes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or online. Visit www.avonpool.com for more information and price ranges.

When buying a pass at the office, people are asked to bring: proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill or renter’s agreement, etc.) and proof of household size (birth certificate, report card, etc.). City workers are asked to bring an ID and proof of employment.

The pool receives between 500 and 600 visitors a day, and nearly 75,000 for the swim season. The aquatic center’s partnership with the French Creek YMCA and its swim programs also bolsters attendance during the summer, Fattler said.

“Things are going well,” Fattler said of the aquatic center’s success. “It’s been a service to the community and an asset. It’s been a great anchor for the Avon Eagles and Lakeshore swim clubs, and it’s pretty easy for visitors to catch a lane there who are working on fitness.”

The aquatic center costs about $450,000 a year to operate, said Bill Logan, Avon finance director.

Anyone with questions about pool passes can call 440-937-6106.

Contact this reporter at msakal@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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