Warwick pool to reopen for 1st time since start of pandemic

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — With the heat and humidity returning Monday, people can once again cool off by taking a dip at McDermott Pool in Warwick.

The public pool has been closed since March 2020, and city officials tell 12 News it has undergone extensive repairs in the meantime.

Mayor Frank Picozzi and the city’s Parks and Recreation department held a grand reopening Monday morning where they discussed the extensive repairs.

“We didn’t put Band-Aids on it. We replaced everything that needed to be replaced,” Picozzi said.

Picozzi said the city spent $150,000 getting the pool back in shape; the entire HVAC system was replaced, and work was done to furnaces and various pumps.

“We had two circulation pumps, one filter pump. The larger pump is probably about $10,000,” Picozzi said. “In the past, the wrong pump had actually be installed, and wasn’t installed properly.”

Even though the pool is now up to snuff, Picozzi said there are not enough lifeguards to staff the pool full time, and therefore will have a temporary schedule for the next month.

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“It’s a nationwide problem. I mean, everyone in the state is going through the same thing,” he said.

For the next few weeks, the city is working to recruit more lifeguards and will hold training classes.

For Warwick residents, entry to the pool will be free for one month beginning Monday.

The city also said it will honor pool passes that went unused due to the pandemic.

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