War memorial POOL IS NOW OPEN!

MILL RIVER Pool is now Open!

We believe that swimming is a life skill. Our qualified instructors love teaching water safety and great technical swimming to our community. The first day of each session will consist of testing to ensure that each swimmer is placed in the appropriate group. Join us! 


Guppies Parent & Child - Ages 6 mo-3 yrIntroduction to water with parent or guardian. Skills emphasized: Water Comfort, blowing bubbles & socialization.
Yellow GroupAges 3-6 yrIf your child is entry level but able to get in the water without being held
Green GroupAges 3-6 yrIf your child can perform 5 bobs, swim independently for 3 body lengths, and confidently jump in the water.
Red GroupAges 7-14 yrIf your child is entry level or still developing strokes and endurance.
Blue GroupAges 7-14 yrIf your child can perform freestyle or front crawl for 2 full pool widths with no support or breaks, can tread for 30 seconds, perform kneeling dive, demonstrate rotary breathing.

For questions or concerns relating to Aquatics, please contact Aquatics Coordinator, Katie Brown at brownc@amherstma.gov


Mill River Pool
Mill River Recreation Area
Montague Rd.
Ph: 413-549-6875

Open June 18-August 28


War Memorial Pool
Community Field
Mattoon St. (in front of High School)
Ph: 413-362-9256

Open July 23 - August 28 

Mill River Pool Hours 

Swim Type
Monday - Friday
Saturday - Sunday
Daytime Adult Lap Swim 7 AM - 12 PM 10 AM - 1 PM
Evening Open/Lap Swim
7 - 8 PM NONE
Open Swim 1 - 5 PM 1 - 6 PM

War Memorial Pool Hours 

Swim Type
Monday - Friday
Saturday - Sunday
Daytime Adult Lap  Swim
8 - 10 AM
11:30 AM - 1 PM
10 AM - 1 PM
Evening Open/Lap Swim
7 - 8 PM NONE
Open Swim
1 - 5 PM 1 - 6 PM
Camp Use 
June 27-August 12
10 - 11:30 AM
1 - 3 PM

10 am - 1 pm

Covid related recommendations

  • Stay home if you are sick or in quarantine
  • All persons or family groups must check in with pool attendant
  • 6 ft. physical distancing will be monitored on deck, pool, and in locker rooms (except for same household groups)
  • No sharing of equipment
  • Pool Managers reserve the right to refuse any individual from entry

General Pool Policies

Food / drink are not allowed in the swimming areas or locker rooms.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by a person 16 or older.

Children must be 13 or older to attend lap swim.

Only Coast Guard-approved flotation devices permitted.

Any child using a flotation device must be accompanied in the pool by an adult.

All children under 16 must pass a swim test in order to swim in the deep end.

Handicap accessible lift is available.

youth swim lessons

Summer Swim Lessons WILL fill up quickly! Click the "Browse and Enroll Swim Lessons" link to check for openings. 

Swim Lesson cancellation policy updates:

  • Due to the nature of outdoor swim lessons in New England weather, there are times when we need to cancel with very little notice. We make every effort to check weather forecasts and cancel with advance notice (typically within a 30 minute window). 
  • Cancellations will be communicated via our Facebook page and parent email, so be sure we have your updated contact information. 
  • Makeup classes will be scheduled and communicated before the end of the current session.