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State Pools Open for the Season

DCRPoolOpeningSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The first splash of summer; it’s something kids have been dreaming of for months.

“I know I’ve been waiting. I woke up at 9:00 this morning,” said 14-year-old Amina Owens.

“I’ve been waiting all winter, because it was so cold in the winter, and now it’s hot and the pool is open now,” noted 11-year-old Colby Harris.

“We’ve been waiting for this. This winter was long, cold. Now it’s hot, and I am ready for this day,” 12-year-old Jana Pope agreed.

With sunny skies and temperatures in the 80’s, Saturday was a perfect opening day for Department of Conservation and Recreation pools. It sets the tone for the rest of the summer.

“This is picture perfect, ready to go. We’ve had some rainy, wet weather, some storms and things like that, and all the snow this winter. They are ready to have a nice day in the water and just have fun,” explained Michael Kowal, a DCR Regional Aquatic Coordinator.

DCR parks opened a few weeks ago, but their pools in Springfield, Chicopee, Agawam, opened up Saturday, June 28th. The date was chosen based on when most kids would be out of school.  And once school’s out, the John H. Thomas Memorial Pool in Springfield keeps local kids busy for the summer.

“It is a tough situation for a lot of these kids at home. This is a real refuge for them. It’s a place for them to come, hang out, relax in a safe enviroment,” Kowal said.

With this pool open to the public from 1:00-6:00pm, it gives kids plenty of time to enjoy bellyflops and cannon balls, as well some of the pool’s other benefits.

“I get to come here, see my friends, laugh, and everything,” explained Harris.

And that’s something kids, and adults alike, alike will get to do for the next eight weeks, until the pools close for the season on August 24th.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation offers free swimming lessons at their pools in Springfield and Agawam.

Those will start up after the Fourth of July.

For more information on the lessons, you can call the Springfield pool at (413) 736-7699 or the Agawam pool at (413) 786-6254.



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