SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield residents will have an extra week to cool off at city pools, which were supposed to shut down after Friday. But Friday morning, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced the decision to keep the Forest Park and Gerena School pools open through August 16.
Additionally, Five Mile Pond will remain open for weekday swimming through the 16th. After Friday, the beach was only supposed to be open on weekends through Labor Day.
In a statement sent to 22News, the mayor said that he worked with the City Council and other city officials to find ways to keep the swimming areas open as the summer heat continues. “… resources have been identified to give our families and young people additional recreational time to stay cool and enjoy the beautiful weather for another week,” Sarno said.
City Councilor Bud Williams told 22News they want to keep kids busy until school starts.
“This is being proactive. Anytime we can be proactive and show our young people were interested in them and we care, it makes a difference,” Williams said.
Five Mile Pond and the two pools will be open every day through August 16 from 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. After that, Five Mile Pond will be open on weekends only through Labor Day. All splash pads in the city will remain open through the middle of September.