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Public Pools Officially Open In Time for Heatwave

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) —For kids like Isabella Correa, the feeling of making a splash is “indescribable like, a million degrees pretty much? yeah?” said the 8 year-old Pittsfield native. Some can say exactly why swimming is one of their favorite summer activities. “I like the pool the most because it’s too hot out here” mentioned 10 year-old Alfred Woods.

90 degree temperatures for the last couple of days have made people like Jonencia Wood go out of their way to cool off. She drove all the way from palmer, just to get into the pool. “They have public parks, none of them have water. There’s no pools, no water, so we come to Springfield or Chicopee if we want to get we for the day. It’s a little frustrating because I have to then drive 40 minutes to come anywhere that there is water” she shared.

For some, a day at the pool with their family was a no brainer, but not everyone got to take a dip. Including those who ran in Chicopee Fest-of-All’s five mile Road Race. “It bothered me during the race, people walked by with hoses, you know, that helped. Just get through it” said runner Dena Przybyl

The tiniest park-goers got to enjoy some water too, at the sprinklers.  “This is her 1st attempt at a water sprinkler. She loves it. Had a great day today” said Thomas Phelan of his 2-year-old granddaughter, Nora Vaughn.

There are still options for kids who might not be able to get to a pool. “Sit down relax, eat a bunch of ice cream!” Correa exclaimed.

There’s no break from the heat tomorrow, but if you’re in Springfield, you can choose from one of several splash pads the city has open,

including Forest Park, Van Horn Park, and Hubbard Park.

Pools at Forest Park and, Gerena Park, and Five Mile Pond will all also be open.


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