MONTPELIER — After being closed last year due to COVID-19, the Montpelier Municipal Pool is set to open today from 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
“I’m ready,” a smiling Jayme Balasko, pool manager, said Wednesday as she kept busy with last minute preparations.
Pool hours are 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $2 for the 1-5 p.m. swim time, and $1 for the 6-8 p.m. swim time. Sunday is generally a busy time for the pool because admission is free to Montpelier residents, and it’s just $1 for nonresidents, Balasko said.
A mechanical issue forced the pool to delay it’s original Monday opening. Village Parks Director Nick Ramos worked with village employees Don Brown and Justin Houk to install a new solenoid on the chlorinator Wednesday to get the pool ready for today’s opening.
It’s part of the ongoing maintenance needed to get the 63-year-old pool ready to open. The 214,000-gallon swimming pool is filled and Ramos said once the swimming pool chlorine levels are set, he’ll begin filling the 2,200-gallon kiddie wading pool. Both opened in Montpelier Municipal Park in 1958.
Wednesday, lifeguards were cleaning and prepping to open and Ramos said he’s hired 11 lifeguards so far. “I’d like to hire at least two more,” he said.
The pool is closed for the July 4th holiday, and closes for the season Aug. 15.
Next door to the pool, the new splash pad is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission is free.