War Memorial PoolSunday morning update 11:00 AM:
Pool did not open yesterday due to high levels of chlorine but did open this morning. Yeah.
Saturday morning update 10:20 AM:
War Memorial Pool did not open for 10:00 AM as chlorine levels spiked during the overnight. Facility director Alan Snow is currently working his chemical magic and reports the pool should still open today. Although that can't help with consumer confidence.
Pssst, don't tell anyone but the town's two main outdoors pools open for business today just in time for, well, summer. As you may remember last year the War Memorial Pool, after a $200,000 makeover, missed the opening date by a week or so.
War Memorial Pool was filled Thursday
The Mill River Pool and wader opened last week for a school function so they are ahead of schedule.
DPW worker paints the Groff Park Wading Pool
Neither of the stand alone wading pools will be ready to host children however. I'm told Groff Park should be open Tuesday and War Memorial wading pool by Friday, but my source is none too optimistic about how long the 50+ year old facility will last.
War Memorial Wading Pool this morning looking a tad forlorn
Two years ago Town Meeting appropriated $200,000 for the War Memorial Pool renovation but then a state grant rained down money from the heavens. The funds has been sitting in an account collecting dust ever since.
Amherst formed a "Community Field Study Group" that seemed to like the idea of turning the War Memorial wading pool into a splash park, which is cheaper to operate (no lifeguards needed) and uses water a lot more efficiently. But most of all is easy get up and running each season.
And that $200,000 stashed away would more than cover the cost.