SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Springfield’s Summer Aquatics Program will give residents the opportunity to swim at the Forest Park Pool for free all summer long.

The season runs through August 13th and will be open every day of the week from 11 am in the morning to 6:30 pm in the afternoon.

In order to participate, residents must first pre-register and then obtain a free photo ID to be allowed in.
Forest Park Pool will be registering guests and issuing pool passes everyday at the Cyr Arena from 10 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon.

On the first day of the pool being open, neighborhood children and their families were seen cooling off under the watchful eyes of a team of lifeguards. Many pools and lakes across Massachusetts still having a difficult time recruiting lifeguards but here in Springfield they came on board quickly.

“People feel more comfortable coming out to the pool. They’re very excited about having a pool to come out to, cooling off this summer and having a good summer,” said lifeguard Efrain Lopez.