WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)-- Residents of Waterbury will be able to avoid the heat once again. The pool that was closed due to heavy vandalism has been reopened Tuesday morning.
At 11:00 Tuesday morning the pool reopened after being vandalized and no one seems to know it.
A rare site on a hot summer day is an empty pool. This comes after lifeguards at Fulton Park discovered a disturbing site Friday morning.
"We had chairs, refrigerator, microwave, blankets, all that type of stuff was all thrown in. We even had some doors that they pulled off and thrown in as well," said Shannon Flaherty, a lifeguard.
Damaging chemicals and paint were also thrown all over the lifeguard equipment and in the pool, which had to be completely drained and refilled. Fortunately the paint didn't get into the filter, otherwise they never would have gotten the pool back open this soon.
So soon that lifeguards had to hang out front waiting for swimmers to arrive.
"We're finally getting open and trying to get everyone to start coming back," said Flaherty.
Shannon Flaherty says everyone pitched in helping city workers who were able to get most of the graffiti covered up.
"It's just, it's actually just sad ruin it for some other people that just want to come and have fun, enjoy their time," said Flaherty.
As News 8 was leaving, the first of the swimmers arrived. Finally able to get relief from the heat they had to endure all weekend.
"We're happy that the pool is open back up, at least my kids can be able to go and enjoy the day on a hot day. But, something should be done, maybe they should install cameras at the pool," said Angel Torres, Waterbury.
Because the vandals left tags, lifeguards there say police do have a good idea who did this damage.
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