With pools closed for the summer, swimmers head to ponds and swimming holes


Right in the middle of all this late summer heat and humidity, a number of public pools and ponds have already closed for the summer.

With temperatures in the 90s for the second day in a row, and pools in cities like Chicopee and Springfield already closed for the season, some swimmers headed to Puffers Pond in Amherst to cool off.

“Very, very hot the last two days, very humid,” said Elisabeth Moreno of Swampscott. “I wanted to take a  nice swim in the lake. It was wonderful, very cooling.” 

Darren Smith and his daughter went to Puffers Pond from Leverett to cool off. Smith said, “Came here because I picked her up from daycare and it was super hot, and she loves coming here and splashing around in the water.”

Tuesday and Wednesday’s dangerously high temperatures had some school districts holding half-days. That meant more mid-day customers at the Hadley creamery. 

“We got a lot of families coming after picking their kids up from the half days at school because it became a half day because it was so hot,” Sadie Higgins said. “It’s good to get a lash push before the season is over.”

In Springfield and Chicopee, splash parks will remain open at least through Labor Day.

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