Community pool in Pawtucket opens after lifeguard shortage caused delay

Blackstone Valley

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A community pool in Pawtucket is finally open after a lifeguard shortage caused a delay.

Pawtucket police officers and firefighters like Milton Giard are making a difference by volunteering at the Fairlawn Veterans Memorial Park Pool.

“The city reached out to the fire and police departments,” Giard said.

The training took place over two weeks and seventeen total became certified lifeguards — finally allowing the pool to open on Saturday morning to thankful residents.

“It’s been a rough year,” Kayla Wash said. “It’s amazing, it’s great, it’s a great thing to have in our city and we love it we enjoy it.”

“It’s a good thing for the community and I think the relationship between the police department, fire department and the community needs to be stronger,” Giard said.

Public Works Director David Clemente said opening the pool isn’t something that be done overnight, but the effort it worthwhile for the entire community.

“How can it not put a smile on your face, it’s fantastic. It gives these kids a much needed outlet that they may not have. They get to socialize with other kids come out, have a good time,” Clemente said.

The pool will be open seven days a week through August 28.

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