A local start-of-summer tradition continued Monday with the opening of the Budlong Pool at noon.
The pool, located at 198 Aqueduct Road, is one of the largest outdoor public pools in the country. It requires just more than 1 million gallons of water to fill.
As is the case at each year’s opening, residents were lined up on Monday and ready to make a splash.
“I love to come to the pool because it is so clean and everybody is very friendly,” said Christina Vargas, who was at the pool opening with her two nieces, Isabel Borrayo and Sophia Madera, both 10.
Sarah Murphy, 18, is in her second year as a lifeguard at the pool. She grew up on Tallman Avenue and fondly remembers visiting the pool during her childhood.
“I always went with my big sister and goof around, and could go home without drying off,” she said.
“I am excited that we got beautiful weather for the opening of the Budlong Pool today,” Mayor Allan Fung said. “Seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids taking their first dives into the clear blue water never gets old to me. I can’t thank [Parks and Recreation Director] Tony Liberatore and his crew enough for creating a wonderful family friendly and safe atmosphere for those that enjoy our pool daily.”
“At the Budlong Pool, the emphasis is on safety … All lifeguards have been trained and certified, and no corner of the pool is out of their sight,” Liberatore said.
The pool’s hours are noon to 6 p.m., seven days a week, although it will be closed on July 4. It remains open through Aug. 16, with the Mayor’s Pool Day scheduled for Aug. 17.
For Cranston residents, pool passes cost $3 per day and $25 for the season. Passes for families of up to six people cost $50, while season passes for those 65 and older cost $20.
Daily passes for out-of-city residents cost $10. There is no season pass option for nonresidents.
Passes may be purchased in the pool house. For all season passes, proof of residency and a photo ID must be provided at the time of registration.
Each day, there will be a lemonade and ice cream truck in the parking lot at the pool, and a police officer will be on duty at all times.
For more information on the pool’s hours, rates and swim lessons, contact the Cranston Parks and Recreation Department at 780-6169. During July and August, the pool can be reached directly at 383-3105.