Grant to be used to restore Chicopee public pools

The grant is from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee has received a $400,000 grant to refurbish pools that closed due to hazardous material detected.

The City closed 3 pools in May of 2015, after hazardous PCB’s were found in paint in the pools at Szot, Ray Ash and Fairview parks. The grant will pay for part of the pool replacement at Ash Park, which is an estimated $2-million job.

The grant is taxpayer money from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Ramon Jackson of Chicopee told 22News, “Kids like pools, but I mean, I don’t know if we’ve got any Michael Phelps’s coming out of this pool. I don’t know. I would say put it more towards schools and academics, and stuff like that.”

PCB’s are chemicals, likely to cause cancer, according to the National Toxicology Program.

It hasn’t been determined how the rest of the money will be raised to fund the project.

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