Daily passes to Westfield Memorial Pool will cost non-members 60 percent more this year.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Existing members of the Westfield Memorial Pool can get a jump on the swimming season by registering early online.

The pool will start the season with 160 new lounge chairs and free wireless web access, Mayor Shelley Brindle announced. The Town Council recently awarded a contract for food concessions to Suspender’s Pub, of Union Township, the resolution authorizing the contract award states.

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The Board of Recreation had recommended Suspender's Pub by a unanimous vote earlier this month. Suspender's Pub will pay the town $40,000 for the opportunity to serve pizza and a slate of other foods at the pool this season, officials told the Board of Recreation recently.

An increased guest fee for the pool is intended to mitigate overcrowding, and additional surcharges for online payment have been eliminated, Brindle said. Passes for members bringing guests are $10 per person per day, while guest passes for non-members will be $40 per person per day (up from $25 per person last year).

The pool facility offers a main pool, two kiddie pools, a lap pool, diving boards, two giant slides, a playground and a large grassy area for sports play and lounging areas in its complex. It also offers facilities for the public to change clothing in.

When can we swim?

The season runs June 1 – Sept. 2.

Opening week hours are Saturday, June 1 – Wednesday, June 19 will be from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on weekends, and 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on weekdays.

Regular pool hours will be Thursday, June 21 – Monday, Sept. 2, from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Weekend and holiday hours will be 12 – 8 p.m.

The town in a statement said it is developing a site where it can register new members, but that site is not yet up.

Extended office hours for pool photos will be held Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. – noon, Tuesday, May 14, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. – noon, the town said.

Existing pool members may register online at https://www.westfieldnj.gov/pool.

A state Green Acres property, the pool is open to both Westfield and non-Westfield residents.

“The Recreation Department will be switching to a new online registration system,” the recreation department announced. “Once the site is finished we will post a new link to register.”

What's it going to cost?

As reported, for the summer of 2018 the municipality hiked pool fees by an additional $20 per family, including residents and non-residents, and increased the individual membership fee by $5, officials said. The increased rates did not apply for senior citizens.

The pool fee schedule for 2019 is as follows:

Individual 12 years of age and over: $185 for a resident | $350 for a nonresident

Parent/child One parent and one child residing in the family home, who is 18 years and younger or are full-time college students no older than 23 years of age: Proof of college transcript is required: $280 for a resident | $530 for a nonresident

Couple Two adults residing together, who are over 18: $280 resident | $530 for a nonresident

Family: Marital, domestic or civil union partners, couples, and their children residing at the family home who are under 18 years of age or are full-time college students no older than 23 years of age. Proof of college matriculation is required: Resident $380 four members; $470 for 5 + members | nonresident $650 for four members $740 for 5+ members.

Family with Individual Full-Time Childcare: A family who employs an individual, 18 years of age or over, to provide fulltime childcare. An affidavit of employment must be signed by the employer, in person, at the Recreation Department. (Under this membership category the caregivers pool ID will only be valid when the caregiver is entering the Pool Complex with other members listed on the Family Membership. Caregivers will not have the ability to purchase member daily guest passes.) Resident $470 (4 members) $540 for 5 + members | nonresident $825 (4 members) $915 (5 + members).

Senior Citizen: An individual, who is 62 years of age or older. (Note: the spouse or partner of a Senior Citizen must also be at least 62 years of age to qualify for his or her own Senior Citizen membership. If the spouse or partner does not meet the 62-age requirement, he or she qualifies for an Individual membership.) $90 resident | $155 non resident

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