Danbury’s only public swimming pool reopens at a downtown community center with a new fitness program

Photo by Rob Ryser

DANBURY — Just in time for summer vacation and the summer heat, the city’s only public swimming pool reopened on Friday along with a modernized gym in the former YMCA on Main Street.

“Having a community pool in our town is so important to our residents,” Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito said at a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovated community center this week.

To spread the news and encourage residents to sign up, the community center announced that the one-time $35 membership fee would be waived for members who sign up in July and August.

Membership buys residents access to the Danbury War Memorial fitness center, which includes weight machines and cardiovascular equipment, according to a statement.

The renovated pool is the star of a community center that opened briefly in late 2019 but was forced to close during the coronavirus crisis. The new community center at 12 Boughton St. is the work of the nonprofit Connecticut Institute for Communities, headquartered nearby on Main Street.

“CIFC is thrilled to once again provide a community pool in Danbury and offer aquatic programs…for everyone – from young to old (and) individuals and families,” said CIFC CEO, Katherine Curran, in a prepared statement. “In addition to the War Memorial, we are pleased to offer the option of dual membership at both facilities.”

The reopening of the pool and gym fills the void left by the closure of the Boughton Street branch of the YMCA in 2014. CIFC purchased the building and renovated it with the help of $5 million in funding public and private.

The plan is to “start with offerings for senior swimming, swimming lessons and free swimming, and expand into educational opportunities and exercise classes as well as basketball, volleyball and pickleball,” according to a statement.

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