Crop Circles? Nah, former War Memorial wading pool
Those of you old enough to remember when the Amherst Regional Middle School was called the Jr. High School probably remember as well referring to the War Memorial wading pool as "the little pool."
War Memorial Wading Pool looking a tad forlorn 6/21/13
Built alongside "the big pool" back in 1960 the wading pool has provided a respite from summer's withering heat for generations of Amherst youth, especially those of limited economic means.
The wading pool was closed the last two summers because of a leak which would be expensive to fix (tens of thousands). And new state regulations that would require removal of the spray unit in the center of the pool, which most kids probably found to be the best part.
Town officials have been talking about replacing the wading pool with a spray park for all too many years now.
Town Manager John Musante is expected to appoint an Amherst Center Recreation Working Group any day now, headed by Assistant Town Manager Dave Ziomek, to look at an overall plan for Memorial Field, adjacent public schools playing fields, and the Hawthorn property.
Unfortunately they will take a full year to do their study, so the chance a spray park will be spurting this coming summer is about as likely as UFO landing in town center.