Greenwood Park pool remains closed for repairs

Update (4:50 p.m.): According to a post on Facebook by Longmeadow Parks and Recreation, the Greenwood Pools will be open on Saturday, July 8.

LONGMEADOW – While summer is in full swing, residents looking to cool off in the town pool at Greenwood Park have been left high and dry.

The opening of the Greenwood pool was delayed this year due to repairs that were more complicated and took far longer to address than originally anticipated. In May 2016, town meeting voters appropriated $235,000 for the repairs, which Longmeadow Department of Public Works Director Mario Mazza said have been long overdue.

“I’ve been working for the town for almost two years and it’s been an issue the whole time I’ve been here,” Mazza said via email. “I’ve heard it’s been a problem for the past 10 years, but I can’t verify that.”

Town Manager Stephen Crane said the issue stems from a “significant leak” in the pool, where thousands of gallons per day were being lost.

“Part of the repair effort was to locate the leak, which ended up being in the worst conceivable spot,” said Crane. “Basically, it’s under the building, eight feet down.”

New England Pipe Restoration was hired to complete the work, and Mazza said the pipe repair should be done this week. He noted that the second part of the project – sealing the pool – will be tackled in the fall.

As of Tuesday, July 4, the pool remained closed. Crane said the closure has had a negative impact on summer camps and other programs that typically utilize the Greenwood Park pool.

“We are transporting campers to Reynolds pool and have had to cancel lessons,” he said. “We’ve also had to issue some refunds on passes. The town deeply regrets the inconvenience the delay has caused. However, the project was a deep and complicated excavation and repair.”

– Article by Sarah Leete Tsitso