SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Community pools in Springfield officially opened for the summer season Monday!
Springfield’s Forest Park pool, Gerena School, and Five Mile Pond opened for the summer Monday.
Springfield families looking for a place to cool off on a hot summer day gathered at the Forest Park pool Monday at noon sharp. Mildred Rodriguez was among the first to cool off in the clear water as she does every summer.
“It’s exciting you get to do something beside being in the house,” Rodriguez said. “This is good, we get out having a nice day, let them enjoy the pool.”
Springfield’s Aquatics Director Joe Federico personally trained the city’s 9 lifeguards who went on duty Monday. Federico assured swimmers, they’re in good hands with these young men and women.
He told 22News, “They went through a vigorous training program, they’re ready to go, like I said they may look young, but they are competent , responsible young adults.”
The lifeguards were ready to work when Five Mile Pond opened, but there were no swimmers to watch over initially.
While the Forest Park and Gerena pools will remain open until August 12, Five Mile Pond will remain open weekends after that date, until Labor Day.
Residents can swim at the pools and pond during the following times:
- Forest Park: 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- Five Mile Pond: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
- Gerena School: 11:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.