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Hard’ack Recreation Area pool opens for year-round use

Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 7:18 AM EDT
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ST. ABLANS, Vt. (WCAX) - A state-of-the-art swimming pool is making a splash in St. Albans. City leaders say it’s the first indoor/outdoor pool in Vermont. In the summer, it’s open to the sky. In the winter, it’s covered by an inflatable dome.

A state-of-the-art swimming pool is making a splash in St. Albans.

“This has been a long time coming for us and this is just great for the community and I’m so excited to be here,” said Isaac Bashaw, a lifeguard at the brand new Hard’ack swimming pool.

Over 100 kids were also excited to try out the new pool aty Monday’s opening.

“We’ve been tracking the progress of the opening of this pool and we were really excited when it finally passed, because we did try to get it approved a couple of years ago in the town budget and it didn’t pass and we were really excited when we finally did,” said Elizabeth Calcagni, a local parent.

The pool will be a year-round community facility and people here say they’re more than happy to be able to jump right in.

The pool is filled with fun features like a waterslide and mushroom waterfall and staff says the upgrades are very welcome. “We have had a pool in the community for over 40 years and it was in decline. So, being able to replace it before we lost it, and replace it with this pool is amazing. And it’s a wonderful place for families to be, it’s a wonderful place for kids to be,” said Kelly Viens, the director of recreation.

The pool isn’t just fun for kids. It’s also friendly for people with disabilities and mobility issues. “It’s like, alright, I can come here and be with my grandchildren and be able to participate in the swimming as well,” said Cindy Shambo. “There are other people too that we communicate with that need assistance as well, so I’m gonna go back and let them know that there’s everything you can need to get into that pool.”

But above everything else, Viens says what’s most important is the way the pool can become a place where everyone in the community to come together. “Come to the pool. It’s a really fun place. We’re real excited to have anyone and everyone visit,” she said.

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