Amherst town pools opening with new rules Saturday

  • From left, Bryan Forbes, Adam Feltman, Josh Colby, and Corey Deres, employees of the Amherst Department of Public Works, move the cover to the War Memorial Pool in Amherst. The pool is opening on Saturday. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

Staff Writer
Published: 6/27/2020 1:07:35 PM

AMHERST — Both the Mill River and War Memorial pools will welcome people for the season with lap swim and open swim sessions Saturday.

Lap swims will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, with open swims 1 to 6 p.m. weekends and 1 to 7:30 p.m. weekdays. All swimming lessons have been canceled for the summer.

Amherst’s first spray park, meanwhile, will likely have its grand opening at Groff Park sometime after July 4, said Town Manager Paul Bockelman. A virtual ribbon-cutting is expected to inaugurate that splash pad, which replaced an aging wading pool.

The pools, which will remain open through Aug. 30, will have some new rules in place from Leisure Services and Supplemental Education to limit the spread of COVID-19 and comply with the state’s phased reopening regulations.

These rules include prohibiting anyone from using the pools if sick or in quarantine, having swimmers arrive and depart in their swimsuits, having swimmers wear face coverings at all times when not in the water, mandating that guests provide a pool attendant with contact information and health status, and requiring 6-foot social distancing both in the pool and on the deck.

Though lockers and changing rooms will be closed, showers and restrooms will be open, with a maximum length of shower two minutes.

Customary policies also remain in effect, including that food and drink are not allowed in the swimming area, children under 12 must be accompanied by a person 16 or older, children must be at least 13 to participate in lap swims, and anyone under 16 must pass a swim test to be allowed in the deep end of the pools.

Admission is $4 daily for Amherst residents and $5 for nonresidents, with a $1 discount on each price for youths and senior citizens.

Full summer and half-summer packages can also be purchased. Full summer tickets for Amherst families are $209, for adults are $129 and for youths and senior citizens are $109, with each $10 more for nonresidents. Half-summer tickets for Amherst families are $129, for adults are $85 and for youths and senior citizens are $75, with each $10 more for nonresidents.

For lap swims, reservations can be made in advance by calling 549-6875 for Mill River and 362-9256 for War Memorial. Each lap swim is limited to 30 minutes.

For more information, visit amherstma.gov/pools.




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