Many swimmers choose pools over rivers

Some state pools are open from Noon to 7PM

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – State pools are now open in several western Massachusetts cities and towns.

Long lines of swimmers, anxious for a cool dip, greeted the opening of the Sarah Jane Sherman Memorial swimming pool on Meadow Street in Chicopee.

With lifeguards on duty, teenagers find the atmosphere much safer than taking their chances where there’s no swimming supervision.

18-year-old Damian Camilo of Chicopee told 22News, “In the rivers and the canals anywhere around here are all dirty with broken glass. It’s a clean pool, and I would go swimming here all the time rather than go to a river every day.”

The state pools in Springfield, Chicopee and Agawam are open every day from Noon until 7:00 p.m. Click Here for a list of which state pools are open in the area.

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