Though some have taken a weekend vehicular incident to be a sign of the coming apocalypse, or at least evidence that the South End neighborhood is going to pot, it is only a twist on the ongoing theme of cars ending up in unsanctioned places. Every so often a motorist puts a car into the wrong gear and plows through a CVS. In 2007, a driver lost control of his car and found himself and his vehicle in the Bushnell Park pond.
In a nation of bad and distracted drivers, a car being “partially submerged” in a pool offers nothing in the way of shock value. This one incident no more means the city is a cesspool than does the many people who daily reading their devices while operating automobiles means this country is also a cesspool.
But there has been an impact.
The stolen car, found at 4:30 on Saturday morning, has caused the Goodwin Park pool to be temporarily closed during a time when temperatures had been steadily in the sweating-while-sitting-still range. Yesterday, the pool was emptied, as reported by Mayor Segarra, and was expected to be reopened within days.
Though this has presented an inconvenience for nearby residents, there are still a number of contamination-free places to cool off in Hartford, including Pope Park, Keney Park, and Colt Park. Forster Park, located about one mile away, has a spray pool.
update: Mayor Segarra has announced that the pool will be reopening from 5-8pm tonight (2 July 2012)