Press Release, Contact: Jim Leydon, Communications Director
Springfield to Keep City Swimming Facilities Open During Season’s First Heat Wave
August 17, 2015 -Springfield, MA- With this week’s weather forecast keeping temperatures in the 90’s and upper 80’s, with very high humidity, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno along with members of the Springfield City Council will be keeping the City’s recreational swimming facilities open an additional week.
City swimming facilities were scheduled to close after August 16, 2015 after already being extended by one week. Additionally, Five Mile Pond was scheduled to remain open only on the weekends until Labor Day after the 16th.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “In consultation with members of the Springfield City Council, Parks, Building and Recreation Management Director Patrick Sullivan and CAFO T.J. Plante, resources have been identified to give our families and young people the ability to beat the heat.”
City Council President Michael Fenton stated, “Whenever the City Council has a chance to enhance the quality of life for our residents we will do everything in the council’s power to do so. With the summer’s first heat wave expected this week it is important to give our residents a place to stay cool.”
Five Mile Pond and the pool located in Forest Park will now remain open until August 23, 2015 every day from 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., pending available staff. After August 23rd, Five Mile pond will remain open as originally planned on the weekends until Labor Day.
All splash pads located in City Parks will remain open and operational until mid-September.