HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – While some activities are being called off due to the immense heat we’ve been experiencing in the Pioneer Valley, others are being expanded.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is extending the hours at the pools it manages across the state including Agawam, Chicopee, and Springfield, on Wednesday and Thursday.

It’s not just state-run pools, either. 22News spoke with the Aquatics Director of the Pouliot Pool in Holyoke about how they have expanded hours as well.

“We’re trying to accommodate whoever needs to come in here and get cooled off. We did extend our hours from 1 to 6 to 1 to 7 today. We’ll adjust it for the rest of the week to see how things go with the storms and stuff like that, it’s a day-by-day thing,” Nooney said.

Nooney added that the pool reached maximum capacity twice on Wednesday, nearing 250 people during hours of operation. In comparison to their usual foot traffic of 50 to 130 people during open swim.