Families may save a bit of money this summer by purchasing a Cheshire Community Pool membership before the cost goes up on July 1.
Fees will increase by about 10 percent based on the approved operating budget for the next fiscal year. Annual family pool passes will increase from $330 to $360 and individual adult passes will go from $180 to $200.
Aquatics Director Sheila Adams said residents may also take advantage of the upcoming Family Dollar Days from June 20- 22 which cost just $1 per person. The hours are 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The pool opened for the summer on Saturday and while the weather has been cooler this week, the pool is heated, Adams said. "This is the first warm day," she said standing on the sunny deck on Friday.
All of the summer staff, including 24 lifeguards, have been hired, Adams said. "Most returned from last year. We only had two new," she said.
Long-time lifeguard Siobhan Doheny watched over the pool Friday. "I've worked here since I was 15 and now I'm 22," she said. "I have one of the longest (tenures) as a guard."
Once school ends on June 19, Doheny said she expects crowds will increase. "It's a really good thing to do for a day. Families come at 10 a.m. and stay all day." Doheny said. "I've been here on people's first day and they're surprised at the friendliness of the staff and the cleanliness of the pool. They say, 'Why have I never been here before.'"
Removal of the all-weather bubble in May took a little longer than projected because rain delayed the project, officials said. It was the first time the new bubble had been removed after the original bubble collapsed during a heavy snow storm in January, 2011.