As a way to help keep people cool during the hot summer days, New Haven officials have extended the hours at the city’s beach and pools this week.
Typically, lifeguards at Lighthouse Point Park Beach are on duty until 5 p.m. and now they will be stay until 7 p.m., allowing swimmers to keep splashing away for an extra hour or two.
"I think it’s an excellent idea, we all need a place to cool off and go, a safe place to go, especially for the kids,” said Tony Curtis of New Haven.
Curtis and his grandchildren enjoy spending a hot summer day at Lighthouse Point Park.
"They love the water, I love the water, and it’s just a great time,” he said.
The extended hours was music to a Chicopee family’s ears after they made the trek to the beach from Massachusetts.
"It gives people a chance to go out, have some fun and have a longer time doing it, so it’s really good for the community,” said Mariah Mansfield, of Chicopee, Ma.
"I think it’s awesome because it’s really hot outside and I think everybody appreciates it. I appreciate it. I drove an hour and 15 minutes to get here, I love it,” said Pedro Pardo, of Holyoke Ma.
For those who can’t get to the beach, the city pools at Wilbur Cross, Hillhouse, Career and Martinez schools will be open until 8 p.m./
The splash pad at Lighthouse Point Park will stay on until 7 p.m., while others around the Elm City will be programmed until sundown.
Conditions will be re-evaluated each day, but the plan is to have the extended hours each day until the humid weather breaks.
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