Mason’s New Municipal Aquatic Center

The City of Mason is excited to announce that the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center leisure pool is opening May 2021. The Mason Municipal Aquatic Center will be the newest wave of wellness in Mason. Like the Mason Community Center, the new Mason Municipal Aquatic Center will be an amenity enjoyed by the entire Mason community and reiterates Mason’s commitment to building a culture of wellness in the community by expanding recreational and programming opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities. The goal of the new Mason Municipal Aquatic Center is to teach all residents young and old how to be safe in the water.

A special edition of CenterPoint magazine was published in March that outlines details of the introductory season for the new facility. It includes hours of operations, daily and season pass rates, programming opportunities, special events and activities, safety tips and more! Please see below for details on the opening of the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center or to view the special edition of CenterPoint on the web, click here.

2021 Introductory Rates

For the opening season in 2021, Premier Members of the Mason Community Center will receive a FREE season pass to the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center.  Aquatic Center season passes will automatically be added on to Premier member households.  Premier members will use their current membership card to enter the Aquatic Center.

Season pass rates differ based on residency status.

Visitors to the Aquatic Center can also purchase a daily pass for $10. Children under the age of 3 can visit the Aquatic Center for free.

Beginning April 9 at 8 a.m., guests can purchase Aquatic Center season passes in person at Mason Community Center.

Mason corporate residents can take advantage of the same rates as City of Mason residents for individual adult, senior or family passes. A corporate resident is defined as an individual that is employed full time within the City of Mason corporate limits. The corporate resident and dependents living in the household are eligible for the corporate resident pricing.  Corporate residents will be asked to provide proof of full-time employment and place of employment when purchasing their Aquatic Center pass.

Hours and Operation

The City of Mason will host multiple open house events throughout the month of May. On Saturday May 8, May 15, and May 22, the Aquatic Center will be open for Mason Community Center Premier members, families & individuals with season passes and residents to take a tour and learn more about upcoming programs and events. Guests at these events will be the first guests of the season to make a splash in the new leisure pool. The open house events on the above dates will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Mason Municipal Aquatic Center opening weekend will take place on Saturday, May 29. Beginning this day, the leisure pool will be open on a daily basis from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday, August 15. The extended season will begin on Monday, August 16 and dates and times are to be determined.

The Mason Municipal Aquatic Center will be open with normal operating hours on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

MSA Safe Swimmer Program

The City of Mason encourages all residents to learn how to be safe in the water. The indoor pools at Mason Community Center and the new leisure pool and enclosed 50-meter pool at the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center will provide the opportunity for the City of Mason to expand aquatic offerings and teach our community members how to feel confident when around water. The City of Mason has developed the MSA Safe Swimmer Program to test an individual’s skills and increase competency in the water. The Safe Swimmer program will kick off this summer and residents and members can start testing their skills this July in the Community Center Competition Pool. The MSA Safe Swimmer program is open to all children and adults.

To pass the program, you will need to safely complete the below skills.

  • Jump into water over your head and submerge your entire body.
  • Surface the water for breath and float or tread water for one minute.
  • After treading water for one minute, turn around in a full circle.
  • Swim 25 yards to the edge of the pool without stopping. You can utilize whichever stroke is most comfortable for you.
  • Safely exit the water without a ladder.

Facility Amenities

The new 203,000 gallon heated leisure pool has many amenities that can be enjoyed by individuals of all ages. Visitors to the leisure pool can experience the double flume slide, lazy river, tipping bucket, and an inclusive interactive splash pad. Looking for a more relaxed experience? Visitors will have access to plenty of lounge chairs to lay in the sun or stay cool under one of the many shade structures surrounding the pool. Enjoy a meal, treat or refreshment from the concession stand while catching a break from all of the fun in the pool.

For convenience, the new facility will include men’s, women’s and family locker rooms as well as plenty of locker space near the pool deck to secure your belongings during your visit.

Construction of the 12,800 square foot enclosed 50 meter pool is currently underway and anticipated to be completed in late 2021.  The opening date of the 50 meter pool will be announced as the construction nears completion. The enclosed 50 meter pool will complement the City’s existing aquatic facilities and provide an additional opportunity for residents of all ages and abilities to learn how to be safe in the water.

The enclosed 50 meter pool will feature a 705,000 gallon Olympic sized pool with a 7 foot depth. The pool’s movable bulkhead will allow for an easy transition from one 50 meter pool to two 25 meter pools in order to maximize use and meet a variety of rental needs. The 50 meter pool will provide additional year round space for aquatic programming such as Mason Swim Academy lessons, open lap use, expansion of the Mason Manta Rays competitive swim team as well as the opportunity to host regional events and competitions.

Programming and Events

The City has a number of exciting events and programs planned as part of the opening season of the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center. From dive in family movies to evening getaways for adults, the Aquatic Center is sure to have something for any age to enjoy. See below for details on the various events and programs being offered this summer at the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center.

  • Premier Member Pool Party – Friday, May 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Registration Required)
  • Senior Day – Tuesday, June 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Celebrate Summer Party – Sunday, June 13 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Shop Local – Saturday, June 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Passport to Paradise – June 26 & July 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. (Registration Required)
  • Dive in Family Movie – June 10, July 15 & August 5 from 8 to 10 p.m. (Registration Required)
  • Teen Night – June 8 & 22, July 6 & 20 & August 10 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. (Registration Required)
  • Family Late Night Swim – June 15, July 13 & August 10 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. (Registration Required)
  • Sunrise Yoga – June 4, July 2 & August 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. (Registration Required)

To register for one or more of these exciting events, click here.

Rental Opportunities

Looking to host an event at the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center? From birthday parties to business meetings, we have you covered! The Mason Municipal Aquatic Center features an 1,100 square foot event space that is perfect for your rental needs. Equipped with tables, chairs, a catering area and a 100 inch TV, the Aquatic Center is the perfect spot for your next event. In addition, the covered canopy is also available for rent and can serve as a convenient location for activities such as packet pick up or day of registration for your nearby outdoor event.

For more information on rental opportunities for your upcoming event or meeting, please contact the Mason Community Center at 513.229.8555.

A Matter of 50 Meters

A significant factor in City Council’s decision to build the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center was the opportunity for the City to enter into a public private partnership with local fundraising organization, A Matter of 50 Meters. A Matter of 50 Meters launched a fundraising campaign in 2019 with ambitions to raise money that will be dedicated towards the construction of the enclosed 50 meter pool. For more information on A Matter of 50 Meters, please visit www.amatterof50meters.org.

The City’s partnership with A Matter of 50 Meters is another example of Mason’s commitment to developing unique partnerships that enhance the quality of life for Mason residents.  Similar to the Mason Community Center, the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center reiterates Mason’s commitment to building a culture of wellness in the community by expanding recreation and programming opportunities for City of Mason residents of all ages.

For more information or questions, regarding the Mason Municipal Aquatic Center, please contact Mason Community Center by phone at 513.229.8555 or by email at parksandrecreation@masonoh.org.

Path to the Olympics

How do regular swimmers become Olympic swimmers? With hard work, dedication, commitment, ability, speed, endurance, and a little luck. The biggest factor, though, might be the dream. The desire. An Olympic swimmer has to have not just a goal but also a vision, a vision that nothing else except Olympic status will do. Each country can bring only 26 men and 26 women to the Olympic Games.

To make the USA Olympic Swimming Team, swimmers must:

  1. Earn a qualifying time for the Olympic trials swim meet.
  2. Race at the Olympic trials swim meet.
  3. Finish in the top two in one of 13 individual events.
  4. Place in the top six in the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle relay teams.

Leading up to the 2020 Olympic Trials, the City of Mason Manta Rays competitive swim team had 11 athletes that qualified for the trials. Check out the latest article in CenterPoint magazine that highlights each of these athletes and upcoming meets leading up to the Olympic Trials here.

These 11 athletes have been patiently waiting for their opportunity to complete for the chance to represent the United States at the Olympic Games. Following the unprecedented events of the pandemic, USA Swimming developed a plan to conduct the Olympic Trials in an environment that priorities the safety and health of athletes by diving the Trials into two competitions. Follow the success of these 11 athletes and cheer them on at their upcoming competitions leading up to the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan! Good luck Rays!