Cohen: 'Pool is Clear'
Everett Leonard Park public pool in Norton is said by Norton Parks and Recreation chairperson to be safe.
Many public pools are under careful scrutiny lately, due to the drowning of Marie Joseph at Veteran’s Memorial Pool in Fall River Tuesday. Joseph’s body wasn’t discovered until more than two days later, despite her 9-year-old son reporting her missing and the pool still being used by the public.
Norton Parks and Recreation chairperson Sheri Cohen said that local residents do not need to worry about a similar incident happening at the Everett Leonard Park public pool.
“The pool is clear,” she said. “Any time it’s cloudy, we have to shut it down.”
The murkiness of the Fall River pool was said to have been one factor on why Joseph’s body was not found right away.
Cohen said that a pool technician comes by several times a week to look at the pool’s condition, while vacuuming it once a week. The Board of health also comes by on a regular basis.
With temperatures in the 90s Tuesday, the Everett Leonard Park pool was a popular place to be. Swimmers did not seem concerned for their safety.
“You can see the bottom of the pool,” said Suzanne Antosca who brought her daughter for a swim.
To further ensure the safety of swimmers, Cohen said that five Red Cross certified lifeguards work for the town, with two or three of them at the pool during operational hours. They are placed in elevated chairs so that they can see the entire pool, and have rescue tubes in case of an emergency.
“We are well-watched,” said parent Sara Lyons. “We came last year too and there was never an incident.”
Lifeguard Chris Jordan said that in his five seasons working at the Norton public pool, there have been no major accidents.
“We keep a very close eye on the clarity of the water,” said the 21-year-old. “We also switch positions when we can to stay alert.”
Family and friends are also encouraged to lookout for one another.
“My experience has been that most parents closely watch their children as well,” said David Bamford on Norton Patch’s Facebook page.
The public pool at Everett Leonard Park is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The depth ranges from three to six feet, and there are no diving boards or slides. Memberships for Norton residents are $50 per family and $30 per individual for the season. For non-Norton residents the fees are $75 per family and $55 per individual. Registration forms are available online or at the pool. Daily passes are also available. For Norton residents the fee is $3 per individual and $5 per family. For non-Norton residents the fee is $5 per individual and $10 per family. A concession stand is also on the premises.