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Connors Memorial Swimming Pool to reopen in Waltham this July after 10 years of closure

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  July 2, 2012 01:04 PM

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After a 10-year closure and $5.3 million in renovations this year alone, the Connors Memorial Swimming Pool in Waltham will reopen to the public this month.

Funded by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, the specific date and hours of operation for the state-run pool is yet to be announced, because the department experienced delays with the contractor, said SJ Port, DCR spokesperson.

The new pool is a first-of-its-kind in the department with a zero net-energy pool, bathhouse and equipment building. Solar panels will provide heating for buildings and pool water, returning any excess energy to the grid.

The new pool will offer the latest in modern aquatic design, accessibility and public safety standards, as well as many new amenities to enhance the public’s experience, according to a statement from the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

All DCR pools meet the new standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act, with pools containing more than 300 linear feet of pool wall perimeter boasting at least two wheelchair-accessible entries. One entry must be an automated lift or a sloped entrance. The second can be either, or one of several other methods including pool access stairs, or a transfer wall.

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