Manchester Pool Vandalized Twice in One Month

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014  |  Updated 6:10 PM EDT
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Manchester Pool Vandalized Twice in One Month

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Manchester's Waddell Pool was vandalized twice this month.

A popular pool in Manchester lost six days of use this month after not one but two cases of vandalism.

Waddell Pool, adjacent to Waddell School on Broad Street, has reopened to swimmers, but Manchester Parks Department workers has installed lights on the pool house to deter vandals.

"Having that closure for a long period of time hurts us, the workers, and it hurts the town as well," said Joshua Charette, codirector of the department's Aquatics Division.

Charette said someone threw glass bottles into the pool, forcing the first closure of four days while the pool was drained and cleaned.

Then, after it was open for just one afternoon, another bout of bottles hit.

"That time, we decided we'll bring some divers in with a high-powered vacuum. And they went to work," Charrette said.

It was closed for two days but, as the investigation continues, the pool has reopened.

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