West Central pool open Mondays to families, staff

The large, heated pool and baby pool inside the aquatics center at West Central School

The aquatics center at West Central School is a wonderful resource, and the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities is again making it available to people served by the board, their families and FCBDD employees.

The Monday Night Swim event had been on pause most of the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s back from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Monday at West Central School and Transition Services, 1481 W. Town St.

“It’s for anyone who receives services from the county board, and their families,” said Bob Helber, West Central aquatics instructor. “And if a person comes with their provider, the provider can get in, too.”

Helber said the one-time charge is nominal — $10 covers an entire family and is good for the whole school year. Lifeguards are on duty; however, people who need assistance in the pool must have a family member or provider in the water with them.

The heated pool ranges from 3 to 5 feet deep, with a diving area that is 10 feet deep. A lift is available for non-ambulatory access. The aquatics center also includes a baby pool.

During the day, West Central students use the pool for therapy, swimming instruction or recreation. “It’s a hidden jewel, one that we’d like to see more people be aware of and be able to take advantage of,” said Jack Brownley, FCBDD director of schools and special services.

For more information, call 614-342-5265