Danbury’s only public pool reopens at a downtown community center with new fitness programming

DANBURY — Just in time for summer holiday vacation and the summer time heat, the city’s only public swimming pool reopened Friday along with a modernized gym at the previous YMCA off Primary Road.

“Having a community pool in our city is so crucial for our people,” mentioned Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito at a ceremony to open up the renovated neighborhood heart this 7 days.

To get the news out and stimulate people to join, the group middle declared that the a single-time joiner’s charge of $35 would be waived for associates who sign up in July and August.

The membership buys inhabitants access to the Danbury War Memorial’s health and fitness centre, which consists of body weight machines and cardiovascular products, according to a launch.

The refurbished pool is the star of a local community centre that opened briefly at the end of 2019 but was forced to shut in the course of the coronavirus disaster. The new neighborhood heart at 12 Boughton St. is the operate of the nonprofit Connecticut Institute for Communities, whose headquarters are close by on Main Avenue.

“CIFC is so happy to deliver a community pool to Danbury when all over again and offer aquatics programming…for absolutely everyone — from youth to seniors (and from) persons and families,” stated CIFC CEO Katherine Curran in a prepared assertion. “Along with the War Memorial, we are happy to provide the choice of dual memberships to both equally amenities.”

The reopening of the pool and health and fitness center fills the void left when the YMCA’s Boughton Road branch shut in 2014. CIFC purchased the building and refurbished it with the support of $5 million in state and non-public funding.

The prepare is to “begin with offerings for senior swim, swim classes, and open up swim, and grow into instructional chances and exercising classes as perfectly as basketball, volleyball, and pickleball,” according to a release.

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