SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – With the weather heating up and the coronavirus cooling down, the town is offering residents respite from the dog days of summer by reopening the Shrub Oak pool.
Also known as the Brian J. Slavin Aquatic Facility, the Sunnyside Street pool will remain open until Aug. 23. It will be open Wednesday through Sunday (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Days will be split into morning (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and afternoon (3-7 p.m.) sessions, “with an hour in between to clean the whole facility and wash down each touchpoint,” said Jim Martorano Jr., the town’s parks superintendent.
To enter, residents must reserve either a square (for two or more people) or an X (for singles), which are painted on the lawn surrounding the pool. The socially distant boxes can fit parties of two, four, or six.
The admission cost is $5 per adult (18-61 years), $3 per child (3-17 years), $2 for seniors aged 62-69 and free for seniors aged 70 or above. Any group, no matter the size, will be required to pay a $5 transaction fee.* The town’s credit card machine was on the fritz, meaning residents must bring cash for now.
Residents must also wear a face covering to enter the pool area, but it can be removed once inside the box or on the X.
The pool is open to residents only. No out-of-town guests are allowed. As proof, residents must have a government-issued ID with a Yorktown address.
Town officials said it was important to open the pool this summer.
“Maybe people can’t go on vacation this year, so at least we can afford you this great facility to come and enjoy, have the kids cool off, and so forth,” said Councilman Tom Diana. “And we’re doing it properly. Social distancing, masks, friendliness – we just want you to enjoy [it].”
Residents looking to cool off can also go to Sparkle Lake Beach, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until Aug. 9. Junior Lake Pool will not open this summer because of unfinished construction.
*Editor's Note: This article was updated Friday, July 31.