CHICOPEE, MA (WSHM) -
The closing of Ray Ash Park pool in Chicopee is forcing city officials to evaluate the condition of the remaining three outdoor pools. While the leaks in Ray Ash are more severe than the other pools, Mayor Richard Kos wants all pools to be fixed efficiently.
"We're losing thousands of gallons of water per day," said Kos.
Leaks in Rivers Park pool's foundation has since been repaired, but the structure is still losing water. Mayor Kos said each pool has a different issue and needs to be identified carefully to find the appropriate repairs to be fixed once and for all.
"It's really just operational, it's awkward, it's very expensive, it's holding lots of water and the chemicals that go with it are lost as well," said Kos.
The city still has three remaining open outdoor pools and will open up Comprehensive High School indoor pool for the public. Mayor Kos plans for the rest of the pools to be open for the rest of the summer despite the issues.
Local swimmers are concerned that losing a big outdoor pool in the area will cause overcrowding at other pools.
"It's really crowded, at 1 (p.m.) it's like the world here so we only stay an hour and then go home," said Alex Woods.
"There's not going to be that much room in the pool, there may be accidents and such," said Tiana Robles.
Mayor Kos said the closing of Ray Ash Park pool is an inconvenience, but the city is fortunate to have several other pools as options. Costs for the repairs are still unknown.
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