Donors honored for support to memorial pool

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State Rep. Betty Poirier
State Rep. Betty Poirier spoke of the many businesses and town organizations who donated to the Make a Splash Foundation, which offers financial support to the WW II Memorial Pool. Staff Photo/Max Bowen
Park and Recreation Director Steve Carvalho
Park and Recreation Director Steve Carvalho addresses the crowd at the official opening for the WW II Memorial Pool on Monday, June 24. Staff Photo/Max Bowen

Each June, the WWII Memorial Pool is opened to the public, and thousands make use of it to wile away their summer days.

This popular spot sees a lot of support from the town, and on Monday, June 24, those who have contributed to its upkeep were recognized. 

Steve Carvalho, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, said the pool used to “be on life support,” but when the Make a Splash Foundation was started, funds were raised by area organizations and businesses, done through donations and events.

“It’s a great safe haven for kids and teaches life skills to the lifeguards,” said Carvalho.

State Rep. Betty Poirier commented on the many groups that support the pool, including the Elks Lodge, East Street Ale House, Santoro Oil, and North Attleborough/Plainville Rotary Club. She spoke of the history of the pool, how it was founded in 1951 and paid for with $14,000 initially set aside for a post WW II party that was not held. The pool’s site includes a memorial to those from North Attleborough who fought in that war.

“The pool has become a haven of summertime,” said Poirier. “It’s a place of serenity for thousands of kids and adults.”