MERIDEN — With heat and humidity expected to reach dangerous levels this weekend, the Hubbard Park Pool will open an hour early to give residents more time to cool off.
The National Weather Service forecast calls for temperatures near 100-degrees Saturday and Sunday.
Instead of opening at 1 p.m., the pool will open at noon Saturday and Sunday.
With temperatures in the 90s on Friday, resident Alex Soto was among the dozens who showed up when the pool opened.
“It's a fun place, it’s a fun environment,” Soto said.
Soto comes to the pool about five days a week with his three children.
“It’s an activity for them to be outside, they get their exercise, I get my exercise, and it’s fun being in the sun,” Soto said.
The pool sits across from the playground at Hubbard Park, 999 W Main St. It is normally open from 1 to 6:45 p.m. Monday through Sunday, until around mid-August.
Recreation Coordinator Kathy Matula said she expects this weekend to be especially busy at the pool and added that it is important to stay hydrated. She suggested fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches and oranges, and drinking fluids with electrolytes, like Gatorade.
“Hydrating fruit sticks with you longer than water,” Matula said.
Food is not allowed inside the pool gates, but head lifeguards Giana Pedevillano and Angelique Lopez said bottled water is allowed. The facility also has a water fountain.
With crowds expected, Pedevillano asked swimmers to “work with us and respect the rules and environment” so they can keep the pool area safe and fun.
Year-long season passes for the pool are $5 for children and $15 for adults, and include access to Maloney High School’s indoor pool during winter months. Day passes are available for $2. There are separate prices for non-Meriden residents.
Passes can only be purchased at the Parks and Recreation office, 460 Liberty St., but Matula said residents can speed up the process by registering online at meridenct.myrec.com. Opening and closing announcements will be posted to the Meriden Parks & Recreation Facebook Page.
The Meriden splash pad at City Park is also open to residents and nonresidents free of charge, Monday through Saturday from noon to around 5:30 p.m., sometimes later. On Sunday, it opens at 1 p.m. to around 5:30 p.m.
Wallingford: Community Pool, 739 North Main Street Ext., is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Passes vary between $15 and $25 for residents.
Southington: The town pools are open to town residents only, with no fee. Both the Recreation Park Pool, 25 Maxwell Noble Drive., and Veterans Memorial Park Pool & Splash Pad, 776 Woodruff St., are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Cheshire: The indoor Community Pool, 520 South Main St., requires passes for residents and non-residents. Resident rates range from $6 to $8 for day passes. Annual and seasonal passes are available as well. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
Call 2-1-1 for information on cooling centers near you.