For those in the 413 without backyard pools, there are plenty of FREE ways to swim this summer. Here is a list of our local state owned public pools, which traditionally offer FREE swim lessons each summer. **I have not yet heard back from the facilities regarding swim lessons for this year -- I will update this post as soon as I have solid information to share.**
Agawam: Gerald J. Mason Memorial Swimming Pool, Armory Street, Agawam, Public Swim Monday - Sunday, 11:15 a.m. - 6:45 p.m. Open June 22 - August 22. FREE.
Chicopee: Sara Jane Sherman Memorial Swimming Pool, Meadow Street, Chicopee, Public Swim Monday - Sunday, 11:15 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Thursdays in July until 7:45 p.m., Thursdays in August until 7:30 p.m. Open June 22 - August 22. FREE.
Springfield: John H. Thomas Memorial Swimming Pool, Roosevelt Avenue (on Blunt Park Road), Public Swim, Monday - Sunday 11:15 a.m. - 6:45 p.m. Open June 22 - August 22. FREE.
If one of these programs is too far for you, check with your town's Parks & Recreation Department (this link will get you to your town's website, you can find the Parks & Rec link from there) or local YMCA. Many communities have clean and lovely town pools open for public swim for a small fee (our local pool charges $1/person per day). Also, many towns host YMCA sponsored swim lessons at their local pool for a fee (about $65).
Wishing you many cool afternoons at the pool this summer!