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Forese Family Pools Closure Updates

Forese Family Pools Closure Updates

Forese Family Pools Closure Updates

Forese Family Pools Closure: Now-November 1

Our Forese Family Pool complex is a great source of pride and one of the highlights of our extraordinary facility. Recently, we have been working in partnership with the contractors who designed and installed the pools and have identified areas in need of repair and alterations to improve function, durability, and appearance. We feel fortunate to have these partners who are committed to ensuring the long lifetime these pools were intended to have for our facility, our members, and our community.

To fully address the issues we’ve identified, we must close the Forese Family Pool complex beginning May 1 with an anticipated reopening date of November 1. The work will primarily involve the pool deck and interiors including replacing pool surfacing, tiling, and drainage infrastructure. We will also take this time to replace interior lights in both pools, improve the water features in the Scooter Pool, replace some of the stainless steel surfaces with more durable and rust-resistant materials, and perform maintenance to the pool’s HVAC system.

We understand that this closure will be an inconvenience for those who use our pools, and we thank you in advance for your flexibility and understanding as we work to ensure the strongest Y possible for our community.

We have scheduled this work to take place during the warmer months and fortunately, our Valles Pool will remain open during this time. Throughout this period, we will be adjusting the water temperature of the Valles Pool to support the wider breadth of programming using the area. We are committed to supporting all those who use our pools and have worked to provide as minimal member interruption as possible.

Click here to view our facility schedules online.

The below temporary changes are in effect as of May 1:


Valles Pool Access

Access to the Valles Pool is temporarily rerouted during this time. The access route is clearly marked from the wet hallway. Access through the Forese Pool deck will be restored as work progresses.

Adult Lap, Therapy Swim, & Free Swim

Adult Lap, Therapy Swim, and Free Swim are all running on adapted schedules in the Valles Pool.

Youth Swim Lessons

Spring Session 2 Swim Lessons

Youth swim lessons are offered with an adapted schedule in the Valles Pool beginning with Spring Session 2.

Parent/Child Spring Session 2 classes are held off-site at the Darien YMCA.

Spring Session 2 swim lessons are currently in progress.

New for Summer 2023! Summer Swim Lessons at the Steve Benko Pool!

We are proud to partner with New Canaan Parks and Recreation to provide summer swim lessons at the Steve Benko Pool this summer!

Classes are available for ages 6 months (parent/child) through 12 years.

Classes will run from June 26 to August 18 as one-week sessions that meet Monday-Friday in the morning.

Participants do not need to be a New Canaan YMCA member, but do need to be a member of the Steve Benko Pool before the first lesson.

Registration is currently available through the Y online or at the Front Desk. Additional information is available online at www.newcanaanymca.org/swim-lessons.

Summer Swim Lessons at the Y

The schedule for summer swim lessons at the Y will be available in late May with summer program registration beginning on June 5.

Water Group Exercise Classes

Water group exercise classes are running as scheduled and are held in the Valles Pool.

Childcare and Summer Camps

Swim time for Rainbow Station, Kids Unlimited, Camp Mini, and Artistic Swimming Camp will remain as scheduled but will be held in the Valles Pool.

Competitive Teams

Competitive aquatic teams are balancing their schedules between the Valles Pool and off-site pool locations, which have already been secured. Competitive team participants will be contacted directly by their coach with schedule information.


Members may also take advantage of our reciprocity benefits with nearby Ys for additional pool access. These facilities include:

Darien YMCA Pool
(203) 655-8228
*New Canaan YMCA members may visit up to 8 times each month.

Westport YMCA Pool
*New Canaan YMCA members may visit up to 4 times each month.

Wilton YMCA Pool
*New Canaan YMCA members may visit up to 8 times each month.

*We recommend that members check schedules prior to using alternate facilities,
and bring their current Y membership card/photo ID.

We will continue to keep you updated with any additional information regarding this project and we thank you again for your understanding and flexibility.

If you have any questions regarding aquatics programs, please contact Matt Busse at [email protected].