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Pools opening to the public in Nashua on Saturday

NASHUA – School is winding down, the weather is heating up, and in pockets across the city, public works employees are getting Nashua’s municipal swimming pools ready to open to the public.

Nashua’s three full-size public swimming pools will open for the season Saturday. Nashua also operates two wading pools next to Fairgrounds Elementary School and in Greeley Park, as well as a splash pad on National Street. ...

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NASHUA – School is winding down, the weather is heating up, and in pockets across the city, public works employees are getting Nashua’s municipal swimming pools ready to open to the public.

Nashua’s three full-size public swimming pools will open for the season Saturday. Nashua also operates two wading pools next to Fairgrounds Elementary School and in Greeley Park, as well as a splash pad on National Street.

Each swimming pool is staffed by a supervisor, head guard, two swim instructors and three or four lifeguards, along with a maintenance person.

Once again this year, the city will host swimming lessons throughout the summer for adults and children ages 4 and older, as well as general swim periods seven days a week. The first session of swimming lessons begins Monday morning.

Another popular feature returning this year is the city’s Dive-In Movies. The evening events allow children to watch a movie projected on a large screen.

This year, the first Dive-In Movie will be screened at 8 p.m. July 7 at Centennial Pool. The second movie event will take place at 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at Crown Hill Pool. The movie titles have yet to be announced.

With heat waves hitting the city last year, all three pools were well used. Facilities were open 64 days, and daily attendance averaged in the range of 125 to 150 people, according to information presented to the Board of Public Works last year.

During the week of July 16-20, the pools reached capacity for five days in a row, prompting a decision to extend the operating hours through 8:45 p.m.

One of the major improvements to the pools this year is a new filter at Centennial Pool, near Holman Stadium. The filter was installed earlier in the year as part of a $35,646 contract. Centennial also is scheduled to receive a new pool liner in the near future.

Jim Haddadin can be reached at 594-6589 or jhaddadin@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Haddadin on Twitter (@Telegraph_JimH).