Why was Ray Ash Park pool closed in Chicopee?

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Ray Ash Park in Chicopee isn’t as crowded as it should be this summer. The gates are closed and they will remain closed all season.

Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos told 22News Chicopee Comprehensive High School’s pool will serve as a replacement while city workers to evaluate the damage here at Ray Ash Park.

Mayor Kos said city pools are built in the 60’s and after several harsh winters; temporary fixes aren’t doing the job any more. And this pool will need a major repair before it can reopen.

“Actually inquiries were made late winter, early spring, as to what things we were looking at. It wasn’t until water was actually put in the pool and started to run the system that these were discovered,” said Mayor Kos.

Mayor Kos also said he hopes to reopen the pool by next summer. “At the end of this season evaluate all of our pools, do an architectural study, and then evaluate what needs to be done and get it done correctly. Appears that band aids have been put on pools for a number of years and we’re paying the price.”

There are three other city pools here in Chicopee and one state pool people can use this summer. Chicopee Comp High School’s pool is now available for use as an alternative.

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