The Budlong Community Pool in Cranston, Rhode Island has been closed for three years due to the pandemic. However, Cranston Mayor Ken Hopkins announced on Monday a plan to revitalize and reopen the pool, describing it as a “multi-phase redevelopment.” The first phase of the plan is estimated to cost $3.5 million and will include a new scaled-down pool with a handicap accessible bathhouse. Funding for the project will come from the American Rescue Plan Act and congressional grants. Additional funding for the first phase will be allocated in the city’s budget pending approval from the Finance Committee and City Council. Hopkins also mentioned that later phases of the redevelopment could include a splash pad and a pickleball court, and added that while construction has begun, the pool will reopen in the summer of 2024.

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