BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Community Pool officially kicked off its 50th season on Saturday with a barbeque and open house for the public. Despite the cool temperatures, there was a solid turnout of over 150 people for the event.
There were plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy, including Kan Jam, temporary tattoos, and free hot dogs, popcorn and Rita’s ice. There was also a basket raffle going on, which will continue to be at the pool every Friday until the drawing on July 19th.
The pool also had on display some of the new apparel that will be for sale so that members can show off their BHCP pride.
The swim and dive coaches used the day as a way to promote the teams, as well as meet new and potential swimmers and divers.
Carol and Al Becker, who have been members since 1972, joked that the biggest difference that they have seen at the pool is the size of the trees. “When we first started coming, we had to bring our own umbrellas because the trees were too small to offer any shade!” recalled Carol.
One young mother who was there with her children as a guest of the open house stated, “I loved being able to come for the day to enjoy the pool and see what it is all about. I can see that it would be a great place for my kids to come this summer.”
“I’ve been a pool member for 21 years, and I’ve always absolutely loved it,” said Deanna Borchers, an out-of-town member who used to bring her children. “Even though my kids don’t come anymore, I’ve always loved swimming and this is just an awesome place to come and relax.”
The BHCP will open full time for the summer starting Friday, June 20th. Pool hours and registration information can be found online at www.bhcpool.com.