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Greenville Select Board announces no pool or July 4 celebrations this year

  • The Greenville Select Board has canceled some summer events, while other, late-year events, such as Pumpkinpalooza, pictured here, are still waiting judgement. File photos

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/17/2020 4:32:18 PM

Greenville has joined neighbor New Ipswich in announcing it is not opening its town pool this summer, as well as canceling other summer traditional events due to the concern of spreading the COVID-19.

Events scheduled for later in the year, such as Old Home Day and Pumpkinpalooza, haven’t been decided upon yet.

The board called the decision “difficult” in an announcement posted on the town’s website at the beginning of the month.

The announcement was confirmed on the Greenville Town Pool Facebook page last week.

The Greenville town pool, located at the town field next to the Mascenic SAU offices, typically hosts open and family swim hours, swim lessons, and hosts practices for the local swim team.

Under the most recent guidelines released by the state of New Hampshire, pools were among the activities and businesses given the go-ahead to open, with a long list of restrictions, including maintaining social distancing while in the water. Lap swimming was allowed, if they were reserved prior to swimmers arriving at the pool, swim lessons only allowed with one-on-one instruction or with separation of at least six feet between students, and swim meets would be allowed if only close family attend on the pool deck, and maintain social distance.

Use of the pool deck is allowed, but visitors must maintain a six-foot distance from those not in their household, and if the pool provides chairs or tables, they must be disinfected between each use.

In addition, the Select Board has also announced the town is not holding its annual Fourth of July celebrations, including the iconic Pots and Pans parade, an event which usually draws thousands for the midnight spectacle of fireworks and fire truck parade.

Smaller events surrounding the July 3 celebrations leading up to the parade, including the traditional children’s bike parade and outdoor cookout and music at the town field, have also been canceled.

The town has not made a determination on events scheduled for late summer, such as the Greenville Old Home Day celebration, which is held in August. Decisions on whether or not to hold Old Home Day or other late summer and fall events are expected to be made closer to the event date.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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