GREENVILLE - The Greenville City Swimming Pool will be opening up on Memorial Day and will remain open until the first day of the Darke County Fair.
In the meantime, the pool is getting sandblasted and painted in preparation of opening day, according to Deb Berger, who has been park manager since June 17, 2013.
Caleb Custer is the new pool manager. He is a familiar face at the pool.
He has gotten the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society involved, with volunteers cleaning up with the painting and power-washing duties.
“I’m looking forward to working with the city,” Custer said. “For six years, I was a lifeguard. I’m glad to step up to the plate and become manager. I look forward to working with the kids and the community.”
Berger said family passes have been reduced from last year at $150, while single passes are $100.
“Daily admission is $5,” said Custer, “And the pool hours are Monday through Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m., weather permitting. After 5 p.m., the cost is $2.50 until 7 p.m. everyday for non-pass holders.”
He plans on conducting swim lessons in the morning.
“They [the lessons] will be taught by the lifeguards and myself,” he said.
Custer’s assistant manager will be Sam Bowers.
“We’re looking for a wonderful great season,” Custer said.
“We’re glad we can offer the pool as a service to the community,” remarked Meredith Carpe, a local park board member. “It’s a very valuable summer resource.”
Working there this summer will be 16 lifeguards and six cashiers.
“We will have snacks, pop, chips, assorted flavors of ice cream and candy bars,” said Berger.
The pool, it was noted, is available for private parties at $75 an hour.
There will also be public/community pool parties throughout the season on dates to be announced from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost of admission then is $1 for the late night swim.
Featured at the pool parties will be a deejay. Guess what! Custer has his own deejay service, DJ 911.
He said discipline at the pool will be among his priorities under his management.
“Rules will be strictly enforced,” he said.
Custer, a 2012 graduate of Greenville High School, was a part of the high school swim team for three years and played tennis his senior year.
He was in Men’s Choir and Concert Choir until his junior year, and got involved in interactive media (IMTV).
“I also was in theater club,” he said.
In his spare time, he is attending Sinclair Community College and will be changing his major to fire administration and science from communication.
He is a weather forecaster and is making Darke County part of Storm Ready with the National Weather Service through the Darke County Emergency Management Agency. He is also president of Darke County County Skywarn.
He is one of twin sons [with brother Jacob] of Kate (Foley) Custer and the late Don Custer. His mother will be helping out at the pool this summer as well.
“My goal is to be the next mayor of Greenville,” Caleb said.