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Opinions Sought on Future of Patton Park Pool

The Patton Park Pool Committee is reaching out to the public in its quest to hear what residents want with the pool at the park.

The committee that has been formed to examine the future of the pool at Patton Park is seeking public feedback and has scheduled public forums for later this month.

As part of its charge, the committee is seeking information from the public about the possible renovation or replacement of the "aquatic facility" at the park.

Hamilton Town Manager Michael Lombardo has said that he is looking at what it will cost to keep the pool open this summer, but the committee is taking a look at the pool's future for years to come. The pool is 51 years old.

The committee plans two public forums where it will ask attendees what they feel is important in a new facility.

Both public forums will be held in the meeting room at Hamilton-Wenham Library on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m.

The committee also has an online survey that is is using to solicit public feedback. It can be found here on the Survey Money website.

The committee members are Mary Buntin, of Wenham, who also serves on the Recreation Commission; Recreation Director Sean Timmons, Wenham Selectman Patrick Wilson, Emily Sumner of Hamilton, one of the co-chairmen of the Patton Park Playground Committee and Hamilton Selectman Jeff Hubbard.

Ham/Wen-5-Generations February 03, 2013 at 12:44 AM
By the info in the article it would seem the town is looking to reno or replace the 51 year old pool. I would hate to see it go too but I don't think that's the message we're getting here... myself and my family spent many summer days at the pool and on the swim team.
Ron Powell February 03, 2013 at 05:56 AM
That would actually be illegal in Massachusetts, without an amendment to the Massachusetts constitution.
Ron Powell February 03, 2013 at 06:26 AM
I think that a public-private parnership might be the way to go. Find a business partner that is willing to maintain, open, and close the pool. These have been successful in other regions of the country, and I can't see a reason why one would not succeed here. Hamilton may also wish to consider a usage fee structure for individuals, families, and seniors. The Town can also lease the pool to Medicare providers who provide physical therapy to their patients. Medicare will reimburse the providers.
Robert Foringer February 03, 2013 at 12:57 PM
The pool serves this Town in so many ways it would be shame not to replace it. Generations of Town people have use this pool for gatherings of all kinds. The summer programs revolved around the pool. The fact is the pool brings more people together than the TANK
Carol A Mazzetta February 03, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Getting businesses to sponser the pool is a great idea, maybe someone of the pool committee could look into that? Right now, their are only two men who work for the town that have the proper licenses regarding the pool, how would that be handled? They are Paul Rigol and Jeff Mazzetta. Paul is the park supervisor and Jeff's with the water dept.

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