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Clinton pool gets some work done.

Byline: Jan Gottesman

CLINTON - Before the children can don swim suits, the cement trucks need to stop by.

Construction vehicles have been working at the Philip J. Weihn Pool, on West Boylston Street, for the last week.

According to Department of Conservation and Recreation Spokesman SJ Port, the "DCR is doing some housekeeping updates" at the pool.

While other state pools are seeing their depths shortened, that is not happening in Clinton, which has been designated as a lifeguard training facility.

"The facility will be one of only five DCR pools to remain a deep-water pool at 12 feet deep so it can be used for lifeguard testing and training," Port said. "The DCR began the process of lowering the depth in all our swimming pools in 2007, bringing pools from 12 feet to 5-and-a-half feet. The depth of five-and-a-half feet is a national aquatics standard; it is the depth at which a person of average height can safely make a flip turn at the end of their lap. However, this is not deep enough for lifeguard testing, so five pools - including Clinton - will remain at 12 feet deep, one in each DCR region."

Port said the state is investing about $80,000 at the Clinton pool to update the bathhouse, "which will include increased accessibility and mechanical improvements. DCR will also replace the nonworking pay phone with a new emergency call box on site."

Port said the work will also replace the pay phone with an emergency call box.
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Date:May 10, 2013
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