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Lafayette Park pool getting $1M upgrade. Your summer guide to pools, beaches, splash pads

May 20, 2024 | Attractions, Recreation / Outdoors

The Herald News; Published May 20, 2024

With May half over, summer is just around the corner — and that means sunny skies, hot temperatures and cool water. 

Just because summer vacation is on the way doesn’t mean you have to travel far to feel the summer vibes. The SouthCoast is blessed to be right by the ocean, with plenty of places to chill out when the weather gets too intense. Whether you prefer surf and sand or splashing around on man-made shores, there are multiple places across the region to beat the heat. 

Here’s your summer guide to feeling cool: 

Kids splash in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool at Lafayette Park in Fall River in 2021.

Lafayette Park public pool and splash pad 

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool and Spray Deck (339 Eastern Ave.) is right alongside Lafayette Park. This year, the facility is undergoing some renovations. A spokesperson for the Department of Conservation and Recreation said $1 million is going toward expanding its capacity and enhancing the experience for visitors.

The spray deck will be bigger and have a new rubber surface. Workers will also be adding new paths and connections to a picnic area, new shade structures, ADA-compliant picnic tables, benches and planters. The fence will also be upgraded.

A spokesperson said they’re expected to be complete in time for its opening on July 1.

Splash pads around Greater Fall River