Cranston’s community swimming pool remains closed for the summer

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — Cranston’s Budlong community swimming pool is currently sitting empty and most likely will be for the rest of the summer.

According to Mayor Ken Hopkin’s office, funding to operate the pool was not set aside in this year’s budget, so the pool will remain closed for the second summer in a row.

“At the time that the funding proposal came up for the pool — it was in April and at that point there were many more Covid restrictions in place,” said the mayor’s chief of staff, Anthony Moretti.

“That prevented us from opening the pool and as a result of that, the funding did not occur,” Moretti explained. 

The pool was also closed last year due to Covid-19.

It costs the city roughly $125,000 to operate during the summer months. 

“That’s a substantial cost to the city un-budgeted,” said Moretti. “We’re not authorized to do so.”

The city says it is working with the Health Department to determine what Covid restrictions need to be in place should it re-open. 

They are also assessing the condition of the pool, and if all goes well it could open late this summer. “This is a facility that is in need of attention,” said Moretti. 

While the city has cooling centers set up at the public library and the senior center, there is no public pool open for the summer months. 

Moretti says the city is also looking into other options, like utilizing the indoor swimming pool at Park View Middle School and possibly building a splash park at Stadium Elementary School.

The city expects to have a decision on the Park View pool by next week.

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