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Public pools soon to close; signals summer’s end

NASHUA — With summer vacation quickly coming to a close, families and members of the community who have been using the city’s pools to cool down will soon have to look elsewhere, as they are set to start closing for the season.

Crown Hill pool, which is located next to Girls Inc. on Burke Street, is set to close on Thursday. However, residents will still have some time to enjoy the Rotary Pool, next to the Fairgrounds Elementary School on Cleveland Street, and the Centennial Pool, which is next to Holman Stadium on Sargent Avenue until Aug. 23.

City officials said any residents wondering why the pools close so early should know that most of the lifeguards employed at the swimming locations are either college or high school students. Therefore, they are getting ready for a new fall semester of classes.

“Because the pools require lifeguard staff that goes to school,” Nashua Division of Public Works spokeswoman Lauren Byers said, “we have to close to allow the students to get ready to go back to school.”

Since the pools are open to the public during the hotter months of the year, Byers said they are a great asset to the public and have been used heavily throughout the summer.

“They were very heavily used. We’re glad to have those for the residents to be able to offer places to swim,” she said.

While the main pools are set for season closing, Byers said the community will still be able to get relief from the locations that don’t require lifeguards to be on watch. Those locations include the Sandy Pond splash pad located on National Street and the Greeley Park wading pool on Concord Street, which will be open through Labor Day weekend.

Mathew Plamondon may be reached at 594-1244, or at mplamondon@nashuatelegraph.com, @telegraph_MatP.