Lifeguards in place, community pool reopens

Lifeguards in place, community pool reopens

Daishon Alves, 15, right, is the first one in the reopened pool at the Fairlawn Veterans Memorial Park Pool on a very hot Saturday, July 6. With him are his friends, on left, Jordan Thomas, 14, and Zion Duarte, 15, all of Pawtucket. The city of Pawtucket and the Parks and Recreation Division announced the pool would open after the hiring of two certified lifeguards. (Breeze photos by Charles Lawrence)

PAWTUCKET – The city of Pawtucket and the Parks and Recreation Division last week announced that the city would be opening the Fairlawn Veterans Memorial Park Pool last Saturday, July 6, after the hiring of two certified lifeguards.

The opening had been delayed due to difficulty in securing the needed lifeguard personnel.

“I appreciate Parks and Recreation’s efforts to fill the positions in less than a week after the prior lifeguards had backed out, and thank everyone who stepped up in assisting with finding qualified lifeguards to keep our residents safe while they cool off in the hot summer days,” said Mayor Donald Grebien in a release.

“We are excited to get the community pool up and running,” said Recreation Manager John Blais. “Thank you to all for your positive community support and outreach, which helped us hire the right, qualified lifeguards. This is a testament to the great people who live in the neighborhood.”

The community pool is mostly open seven days a week through Aug. 18. The pool was scheduled to close July 9-10 and July 17-18 due to scheduling conflicts with lifeguards. As of press time, Parks and Recreation was working on possible alternatives to open on those dates.

The pool will operate Mondays, noon to 5 p.m., Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Veterans Memorial Park Pool serves as a site for Aramark’s free summer food service program. Weather permitting, free lunches will be served from Monday to Friday from noon to 1 p.m. on the days the pool is open with the exception of Aug. 12. The program will run through Aug. 16.

For more information, contact Blais at 401-728-0500, ext. 257, or via jblais@pawtucketri.com .

Melvin Wilson, 9, of Pawtucket, joins the other swimmers in the pool trying to escape the heat last Saturday.
At left, 2-year-old Veronika Gamache clings to her mother, Doralyn, as she enters the pool for the first time. Both are of Pawtucket.