Pouliot Pool to Undergo Renovation Text Size

Mayor Alex B. Morse is proud to announce that the City of Holyoke has been awarded a $400,000 Massachusetts Parkland Acquisition and Renovations for Communities (PARC) Grant for the reconstruction of the Roland Pouliot Pool.  A $1.5M bond package proposed by Mayor Morse for the pool was recently approved for funding by the Holyoke City Council.

City Officials are anxious to have this facility back in service to meet the needs of the community.  Since 2015 the City has offered a Swim/Gym Program at Holyoke High School, on weekdays between the hours of 3:00 – 6:00 pm, with a one hour senior swim offered in the mornings.  

Once the new Roland Pouliot Pool is in full swing, the Parks & Recreation Department will again offer residents the chance to cool off, seven days per week during the months of July & August, between the hours of 12:00 – 6:00 pm and Senior Citizens can re-claim their peaceful morning swims at the new pool!

Pouliot Pool was opened in 1981 and served the community for 34 years until it was closed in 2015 because of cracks in the concrete that resulted in excessive daily water loss.  The pool was the last public pool to be closed in the city and provided active recreational activity for up to 500 children and families per day during the peak of the summer months.

“I am excited to see this pool being restored for our residents,” sars Mayor Morse, “I’d like to thank our Parks and Recreation Department and the Department of Public Works for working diligently to apply for this grant. During the hot, summer months it will be an asset in keeping citizens cool and providing fun activities for them.”

This major capital project includes the demolition of the existing lap and diving area, demolition of the baby/kiddie pool, and construction of a new lap pool, water spray/splash pad, mechanical and piping systems, ancillary pool structures such as ladders and life guard stands, and improved site security.  The new pool will also be handicap accessible.  It is expected that the new pool will be open for 2018.

In the past, Holyoke has received PARC grants for the Jones Ferry River Access Center, Community Field Improvements, and the Skateboard Park at Pulaski Park.

Posted on December 21, 2016 by