Isamar Garcia was looking to have some family fun on the Fourth of July.
“This is lour park. Our park. We come here every year,” Garcia said.
But they were turned away from Chicopee Memorial State Park, because it was full.
So they tried Five Mile Pond and a Chicopee city pool, which were both full too.
Eventually, she said, they decided to make their own fun.
“We bought a pool, we made our own grill in our own kitchen and stuff. We improvised,” she said.
Her family says it was easy to resist the temptation to swim in unguarded areas, after hearing about several recent river drownings.
“I mean we’ve learned from other people’s mistakes, unfortunately,” said Enos Anderson.
And keeping the swimming area at the park from getting too crowded was one of the reasons people were turned away.
People who were at the park on Thursday say it was a lot more comfortable on Friday.
“It’s a lot better, there’s more space somewhere to sit down in the shade. Yesterday, you couldn’t get any room in the shade. It was awful,” said Shaylynn Davy.
And some of the people who turned away appreciated their belated celebration for that reason.
“We had to celebrate Fourth of July today. Which it’s actually the fifth, so it works for us because we can do more things,” said Anderson.
And with the high temperatures predicted to continue into the weekend, most swimmers say they’ll be back to the park for more.
Parks will open at 9:00AM Saturday and Sunday and may reach capacity and be forced to turn people away again.