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Meeting on Conway Swimming Pool on Tuesday

CONWAY — Town residents will find out exactly how their swimming hole will be fixed at a meeting hosted by the Conway Swimming Pool Committee on Tuesday at the Conway Grammar School.

The pool on Pumpkin Hollow Road has been closed since the fall of 2010 when a significant sink-hole on the top of the dam above the 30-inch spillway pipe was discovered.

The Conway Swimming Pool Committee, a private, nonprofit organization made up of a community of volunteers, has continuously run the pool since 1950. The committee operates the pool independently of town government and relies on private donations and not tax dollars.

In December, the committee submitted engineering plans to the state to repair and dredge the 63-year-old pond. Completing the permitting and maintenance plan is Fuss & O’Neill, West Springfield engineers.

Committee President James Recore declined to discuss the plans ahead of the meeting, wishing to unveil the plans Feb. 5.

“We are working hard and will soon have a meeting open to all the residents of Conway when we will have a complete and total estimate and timetable for all work that needs to be done on the pool,” Recore wrote in an email.

According to the engineering plans that have been made public, the proposed project would repair the earthen dam and spillway gate, gears and standpipe of the dam and the diving board on the spillway. Dredging would also be done to remove between 6 inches and 4 feet of sediment that has accrued in the pond.

Other improvements include beach nourishment to replenish sand lost from the beach and regrading to prevent future sand erosion due to the existing steep slope of the beach.

Other proposals would improve the upper recreation area, where an accessible pathway from the re-configured parking area to the picnic area and an accessible dock along the shore would go.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Conway Grammar School.

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