Snow foils winter swimming for area residents
February 28, 2013 by Mark
Earlier in the month, Middletown residents who were fed up of shoveling snow and wanted to take a dip in the pool were left like fish out of water. They could have save themselves the trip over to Cheshire’s Community Pool because the synthetic bubble that covers the pool succumbed to the weight of the snow.
Having torn under impact, this is not the first time this has happened; two years ago in January the bubble was damaged to the point of having to be replaced. At that time, improvements were made, reinforcing the bubble in the hopes of preventing a reoccurrence. To some extent, the reinforcement worked as the damage is not as severe this time.
Previous damage resulted in closure of the pool from January 2011 until spring when the bubble was no longer needed, and a second closure occurred from October 2011 until February 2012, at which time the new bubble was put into place. Considering the extent of the snowfall in Cheshire, 30 inches according to their Public Works Department, it cannot be too much of a surprise that the bubble was not able to withstand the weight. It is, however, a testament to the improvements made that it received as little damage as it did.
Hopefully, Cheshire officials will adequately spread the word, using a number of mediums including printing services, to notify area residents when the pool is available again for use and get people back in the deep end.