With temperatures reaching over 90 degrees for the last several days, people from all over central Connecticut descended on South Windsor to cool off at Veterans Memorial Pool, which is open to members of the public.
Pool Director Jen Grivers said that, though statistics weren’t available, there is definitely an uptick in the number of people who are using the facility, particularly those from out of town.
“It’s been really hot; the weekends here have been crazy busy, especially with group visitors,” Grivers said.
Head lifeguard Brian Albert estimated that, on any given day, some 500 to 1,000 people were poolside.
Given how large the facility is, the amenities it offers and the relatively low price to use (Residents: $6 for adults, $3 for children; non-residents: $9 for adults, $5 for children; all children under 2 are free), it isn’t surprising.
“It’s awesome,” said Marlborough resident Traci D’Amico, who was at VMP with her children on Wednesday. “We drive 30 miles to get here. It’s so family friendly. The lifeguards are amazing. It’s a virtual playdate for the kids.”
Check out the photo gallery of some children who were taking refuge from the heat Wednesday before the storms hit.