, Salem, MA

July 6, 2013

Forest River Pool in Salem should reopen today


---- — SALEM — The pool at Forest River Park is expected to reopen today at 11 a.m. after a malfunction knocked it out of service around 4:15 p.m. on the Fourth of July, a recreation supervisor said.

With crowds expected to seek alternatives to beat the heat, lifeguards were sent to staff the city’s beaches yesterday, said Tim Short, the recreation supervisor for the Salem Recreation Department.

“It was a mechanical issue with the pool,” Short said. “Everything looks OK with it right now, but we just want to err on the side of safety.” The mechanical issue involved the filtration system, he said.

Yesterday, the Salem YMCA on Sewall Street opened its pool at 2 p.m. so residents could cool off for free. The YMCA’s pool will also be open for the community to use today from noon to 6 p.m.

Head lifeguard Pat Burke made the decision to close the Forest River Park pool Thursday afternoon, and was in contact with Recreation Director Karen Partanen, Short said. Swimmers were orderly when they had to get out of the water, despite the holiday and the heat.

“We do appreciate everyone’s patience,” Short said. Hundreds of Salem residents use the pool every day in the summer.

For those residents looking to cool off this coming Wednesday evening, the Recreation Department is holding a free Pool Family Fun Night. The event starts at 6:30 p.m and goes until 8. There will be an open swim for the whole family, pool games, arts and crafts, and music.

“Refreshments will be offered as well,” Short said.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.