In Time For Hot Weather, Davey Lopes Pool Reopens

Jun 30, 2014

The Davey Lopes pool reopened in Providence’s Southside today.

The Davey Lopes pool reopened today.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Dozens of local officials, city council members, and political candidates were on hand to see the pool reopen after being closed for a year.

Notably absent was Providence Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras, who defended the pool’s initial closure last summer.

State Senator Harold Metts of Providence was a critic of the pool closing, and was influential in its reopening.

“I had to walk form West Elmwood to go swimming because there wasn’t a pool on the West Side at the time, then I moved to South Providence," said Metts. "But in the summertime this was a safe place to keep cool.  This center has such meaning to me. This is just an important place for the community.”

The Davey Lopes pool is in a high-crime neighborhood and residents say the pool helps keep kids out of trouble during the summer.