SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Monday’s temperatures near 90 degrees had a lot of people thinking about jumping in a swimming pool.
Springfield pools have again received enough funding to be fully staffed this summer. The Springfield Parks Department operates three water recreation areas: Forest Park Pool, Gerena Pool and Five Mile Pond.
Each pool costs about $90,000 to operate for 6 weeks starting July 4th weekend. The pools used to be open for 8 weeks, but 20 years ago the pool season was cut to 6 weeks.
According to Patrick Sullivan of the Springfield Parks Dept., “The weather starts getting cloudier and it gets cooler at night and it just seems to work out very well with the way that we’ve got it timed, we’re able to keep everyone comfortable during the hottest part of summer.”
If it gets really hot in June, Five Mile Pond could open up early during a weekend, or stay open later into August.
Next summer, a new pool will open at Forest Park where a basketball court is now. The pool will be part of Camp Star Angelina which also welcomes special needs children.
This summer pool season runs from July 1st through August 9th.
Make sure to follow the 22News Storm Team for the latest weather updates before heading out for a swim.