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Work won't sink plans

Streeter eyed for local swimmers

With the Andrew J. Petro Memorial Pool in Southbridge to be closed this summer for repairs, plans are being finalized to transported children to Streeter Point beach in Sturbridge. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
May 16, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — With the state pool on Randolph Street closing this summer, swimmers will have another option for staying cool.

State and town officials plan to provide transportation for swimmers to go to Streeter Point beach in Sturbridge.

The beach, which the state Department of Conservation and Recreation closed last year because of a lack of money to operate it, will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to Town Manager Christopher Clark. A bus from the town's Cops 'n Kids program will provide children transportation to the beach, he said.

Adults wishing to swim will have to drive, Clark said. The final details of the plan are still being worked out.

The DCR, which owns the Andrew J. Petro Memorial Pool, will close the facility this summer as part of a plan for major renovations, according to Clark. The pool, built in 1973, is in bad condition and leaks 30,000 gallons daily.

The agency will do the design work this summer and start renovations next summer, according to Clark. The pool, he said, will reopen in the summer of 2012.

"That is kind of what we laid out tentatively," Clark said after meeting with DCR officials last Friday.

See Monday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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