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Long lines No Match for Byram Swimmers

Despite endless long lines, sun-soaked patrons at Byram Park were not deterred from seeking relief from the heat on Wednesday afternoon in Greenwich’s only public pool.

Bobby Darula, a lifeguard on duty said the pool has been a staple in Greenwich since he was growing up 30 years ago.

“There’s always a line,” he said unlatching the gate to let the next group of kids and teens into the pool. “It’s worse on the weekends, but today we have a camp here, so it’s at maximum capacity”

While the pool had reached its 40-person limit, the adjoining beach was nearly empty.“Most people don’t swim in the water except a few diehards,” said Darula.

“No one was even on the beach yesterday until 5:30 at night,” agreed Hannah Lees, another guard on duty who said the heat was difficult for the guards as well.

“Yesterday I got on one of the boards and patrolled in the water because it was so hot,” Lees said. In extreme temperatures, she said she stays cool by staying in the water or being in the shade. “Most people don’t want to be on the beach because of the heat of the sand.”

In the coming hot days, Greenwich residents can visit the pool or beach at Byram Park located at 4 Ritch Ave. West. The park is open daily 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. and the public pool is open 10:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. until August 13 and 10:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. from August 14 until Labor Day. Park/Beach passes are required during the summer months from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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