Weather, staffing prove challenging to keep city pools open

Monitor staff

Published: 07-09-2023 11:58 AM

On Sunday, it was the rain that kept all of the city pools closed for the day.

Last Friday at Kimball Pool it was staffing. At Merrill Pool on Wednesday, it was maintenance.

Through a combination of wet weather, staffing shortages and a few scattered mechanical issues, swimmers in the city of Concord have been left high and dry through much of the summer.

This June Concord opened five pools, plus a new splash pad at White Park.

The pools – Rollins (33 Bow Street), Keach (2 Newton Ave), Merrill (27 Eastman Street), Kimball (171 North State Street), Rolfe (79 Community Drive, Penacook) – are generally open Monday through Friday from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. and 6 - 7:30 p.m. and on weekends 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Updates to pool schedules and hours are posted on the Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook page.

Like it has in years past due to  staffing issues, Garrison pool on Hutchins Street remains closed this summer. City recreation staff say it has the lowest attendance of all the city swimming facilities. 

What the city can’t control is the weather.

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After a drier-than-usual May, the past month has been a comparative monsoon. South Concord, for example, saw 5.32 inches of rain from June 6 through July 6, according to data collected by a weather observer on Longmeadow Drive. That is about 30% higher than the monthly average.

And yes, it has been gray - some amount of rain fell on 16 of those 30 days.

In contrast to last year, when we were in the midst of a long dry stretch, no part of New Hampshire is currently in any form of drought. 

Despite the deluge, the forecast for the next few days shows more of the same with showers likely each day into the middle of next week.

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