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Petro pool closing for major repairs?

DCR pledges transportation to Streeter Beach this summer

There may not be any lazy summer afternoon swims at the Andrew J. Petro Pool this year. The leaking facility is to stay closed for repairs. Town Councilors must approve the plan. File photo. (click for larger version)
February 24, 2010
If the state, some councilors and the Recreation Committee have their way, the deteriorating Andrew J. Petro Pool will get a major facelift starting this summer.

On Tuesday, the Education and Human Services subcommittee voted unanimously to recommend cooperating with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation to replace the 30-year-old pool on Reynolds Street with a shallower, more modern design in the same footprint. That will require closing it this summer with reopening in 2012, but DCR representatives pledged to provide transportation to Streeter Beach in Sturbridge until then.

"[This pool] is one of ours that's in the most need of repair," said DCR Bureau Chief Gary Briere, adding it's "clearly operating outside its design parameters." He told town officials his agency would help fund the $1.6 million cost and collaborate on managing after renovation. In time, he said, the goal is to have the town take it over entirely.

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