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BCYF Announces Pool Facility Safety Update for Summer 2022

BCYF Clougherty Pool will not open for the summer 2022 Season.

Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) will not be opening the BCYF Clougherty Pool for the summer 2022 season. BCYF prioritizes the wellbeing of Boston’s community members, and the condition of the Clougherty Pool facility has raised serious safety concerns. To ensure that children and families in the area have a safe place to swim, families are urged to utilize the nearby BCYF Charlestown Community Center pool and the BCYF Mirabella Pool. 

“We did not make this decision lightly. This pool is a well-loved community resource that will be missed this summer but ultimately the safety of our patrons and our staff is the priority and we cannot guarantee that the BCYF Clougherty Pool is safe to open,” said Marta E. Rivera, Commissioner of Boston Centers for Youth & Families.

Built in 1949, the pool is a seasonal facility typically open from June through Labor Day. A spring inspection of the pool showed deterioration of support columns holding up the pool, a broken electrical conduit exposing live wires under the pool, and corroded filtration tanks in danger of leaking, or worse, bursting.

The residents of Charlestown are encouraged to use nearby swimming pools available to them. The BCYF Charlestown Community Center pool is open and will remain open over the summer. A little over two miles away, BCYF operates another outdoor pool, the BCYF Mirabella Pool on Commercial Street in the North End. Two additional pools in Charlestown are operated by the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club and the Charlestown YMCA.

BCYF will redeploy lifeguards throughout their network to open three additional pools, expanding their aquatic outreach throughout the city. All aquatics programming is free, and more information can be found at

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