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Here are the public pools opening in Connecticut this summer

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HARTFORD, Conn — As summer begins, Connecticut residents are looking to once again be able to hop in the pool to cool off!

If you know a town or city opening their pools this summer, let us know and we'll add them to our list! Send an email to share61@fox61.com.


Splash pads throughout the City of #Bridgeport are now open to Bridgeport residents, officials said in a tweet.

Splash pads locations are open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Please note Seaside & Beardsley are closed due to down trees.

For more information, click here.


Newington Parks and Recreation officials say only one public pool in town to open this season.

Churchill Park Pool opened Wednesday, July 1

Hours of operation (Monday-Sunday)

  • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

For more information from the town, click here.

East Hartford

The Town of East Hartford will be opening its outdoor pools on Monday, July 6th, 2020 to residents only.

For detailed information on the outdoor aquatic facilities, pool hours, or rules, click here.

  • Terry Pool – located in Hockanum Park at 320 High Street:  A 50 meter pool with a diving board and a high dive.  Olympic size!

Public Swim:  Monday - Friday, 1:30-4pm and 5:30-7pm; Saturday/Sunday, 1-5pm

Adult Lap Swim:  Monday - Friday, 4:30-5:30pm

  • Martin Pool – located in Martin Park at 307 Burnside Avenue:  A historic rectangular pool dating back to 1938, with a separate fenced wading pool. 

Public Swim:  Monday - Friday, 12-3:30pm, 4-7pm; Saturday/Sunday, 1-5pm

  • Drennan Pool – located in McAuliffe Park at 30 Remington Road:  A rectangular pool with a ramp for accessible entry.

Public Swim:  Monday - Friday, 12-3:30pm, 5-6:30pm; Saturday/Sunday, 1-5pm

Senior Swim: Monday - Friday, 4-5pm

  • Lord Pool – located in Gorman Park at 258 May Road:  A large pool with a ramp for accessible entry, water slide, and a separate fenced wading pool.

Public Swim:  Monday - Friday, 1:30-4pm, 5:30-7pm; Saturday/Sunday: 1-5pm

Senior Swim:  Monday - Friday, 9-10am, 4:30-5:30pm

  • Goldstar Pool – located in Goodwin Park at 1235 Forbes Street:  A family friendly pool with a gently sloped depth and a mushroom water sprinkler feature.

Public Swim:  Monday - Friday, 1:30-4pm, 4:30-6:30pm; Saturday/Sunday: 1-5pm

Rocky Hill

Elm Ridge Park - June 25: Residents can make appointments online or by calling the town's Parks and Recreation department.

Families can only make one time-slot up to three days a week.

Anyone who visits the Elm Ridge Pool are urged to follow the guidelines put in place by the State of Connecticut.

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New Britain

A.W. Stanley Pool - June 27

Willow Brook Pool - June 27

Here are the city's rules for both pools during the 2020 season:

  • Swim sessions will be broken up into two hour timeslots:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30am – 11:30am; 2:30pm-4:30pm; and 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wednesday: 2:30pm -4:30pm; 6:00pm -8:00pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30am -11:30am; 12:00pm -2:00pm; 2:30pm -4:30pm; and 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • All patrons are required to wear bathing suits and face coverings upon entrance of the pool deck. (All patrons are encouraged to take a shower prior to coming to the pool).
  • A maximum of 50 people will be allowed into the facility per swim timeslot.
  • Patrons must pre-register for a specific swim timeslot and designated swim spot on the pool deck. · Reservations can be made online at www.nbparksnrec.org, in the recreation office (27 West Main Street, room 302), or by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at 860-826-3360 during office hours (Monday – Friday, 8:15 am -3:45pm).
  • Pre-registration reservations are accepted no more than seven days in advance of visit.
  • Each swim spot is $5.00 (with a maximum of 4 people per spot), spots are twelve feet in diameter.
  • Patrons are can reserve up to two spots per timeslot.
  • Patrons must be 15 years of age or older to reserve a timeslot.
  • All patrons must stay within their own party during the duration of the swim time.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times unless swimming in the water or within patron’s designated spot.
  • All cancelations must be made prior to swim timeslot by calling the Parks and Recreation office during office hours, or leaving a message on the Parks and Recreation hotline during non-office hours. No refunds will be issued; a credit will be applied for a future timeslot.
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Manchester Pools will open for the 2020 season July 6- August 16.

  • Pools open for Town of Manchester residents only. No guests will be permitted.
  • Proof of residency will be required to enter the pools. Acceptable forms of identification include: Recreation card, driver’s license, school id, mail with address matching ID
  • Masks will be required for all patrons entering the pool area, while on pool deck and when using common spaces (bathrooms). Masks will NOT be required while in the water.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet will be enforced while on pool deck, in common areas and in the water
  • Adult swim time will be limited to the number of available lanes at each pool (4 or 6) on a first come, first served basis.
  • Open swim time will be limited to 25 people per hour on a first come, first served basis. Once the limit is reached, a list will be taken for entrance at the next available hour.
  • Open swim will begin on the hour and last for 45 minutes. At :45 past the hour, the water will be cleared and the pool area will be emptied of all patrons. This will allow the lifeguards 15 minutes to clean, disinfect and sanitize high touch areas. Pool will re-open at the top of the hour for the next swim time.
  • Gate attendants at each pool will screen for COVID symptoms, take open swim time reservations, and verify residency

Here's Manchester's Aquatic Pool schedule:

Credit: Manchester Parks and Recreation

The dates, times and operation of all pools may be subject to change at the discretion of the Town of Manchester.


Splashpads will open on July 3.

However, Mayor Bronin announced Wednesday that Hartford public pools will not reopen this summer due to continued concerns over maintaining COVID-19.

West Hartford

The Town of West Hartford issued the following statement on its website:

Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Outdoor Pools are CLOSED for the Summer 2020 season. Splash Pad operations are under review. Stay tuned! Parks are open but group activities are not allowed, and many amenities are closed. Please practice proper social distancing protocols of groups no larger than 25 people.


The Town of Bloomfield issued the following statement on its website:

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 concerns and for the safety of our residents a decision has been made to not open the Bloomfield Municipal Pool this summer. As a result all Learn to Swim programs, Lap Swim, Free Swim, and Family Swim will not be held during the summer of 2020.

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