The Pool’s Open, Swimming Lessons Start July 8 & Other Good News…

3 Jul

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Cool off at Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool (719 Memorial Dr.)! It is FREE and open daily, 11am – 7pm, through August 25.

Also, you can sign up for swim lessons for children ages 6 and up at the pool NOW. Classes will start this Monday, July 8th, with one set at 10am and another at 10:30am. Sessions will be 3 or 4 weeks long; a second set of classes will start at the end of July or early August.

The water is exceptionally refreshing and what could be better than swimming outdoors on a hot, sunny day? Tip: go early or late for a quieter swim, as the local summer camps bring happy campers between 1 & 5pm each day. There is a designated lap lane, though, open at all times.

For more information about DCR swimming pools and spray decks, click here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/recreational-activities/swimming-pools-wading-pools-and-spray-deck.html

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Right: DCR has moved most of the graffiti from the Powder Magazine. Thank you!

Left: Updated: The wading pool was cleaned out but DCR couldn’t get the wading pool to drain properly, so it remained closed.

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BIG NEWS that hasn’t hatched quite yet: DCR has proposed that if the City of Cambridge is willing to allocate $100,000 of Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to stabilize the Powder Magazine, that they would be willing to pay for the balance of the cost to fix the roof, re-point the masonry and restore the windows and doors. DCR would also bring electrical service to the building to power much needed security lighting there. The CPA Committee will meet this summer to consider funding proposals and will present recommendations to the City Council for approval in September. Cross your fingers! (In the meantime, we should hear if DCR will match the funds we’ve raised so far any day.)

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