CLARK, NJ – Swimming, sunning, and summer fun are a possibility even during the era of COVID-19 if you are a member of the Clark Pool. According to Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo, pool gates will open on Monday, June 22.
Bernardo said the pool can address many of the state guidelines mandated for public pools. “There are differences this year, it’s not business as usual but we will find a way to provide some fun for our members,” he said. “Like we are aiming for a DJ at the pool just about every Sunday.”
New to the poolside landscape this year will be circles marked on the grass within which families or attendees can set up their things and maintain social distancing guidelines while outside of the pool.
Bernardo said the snack bar will carry only packaged goods this year. Basketball courts, ping pong tables and more will be available for use and equipment disinfected between users.
Additionally, attendees will find the slide and diving board closed until further notice. Restrooms will close hourly for cleaning and disinfecting. The pool will be open from 10:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. each day.
Along with capacity limitations that Bernardo said he is confident they can manage, there are some new guidelines and procedures on the summer horizon.
- Are subject to a temperature check upon entry each day
- Must bring their own chair
- Must wear footwear as they enter and exit the pool
- Are required to socially distance although masks are up to individual discretion
There will be no:
- Floats or pool toys of any kind permitted
- Guests permitted at this time
- No swim lessons or teams
Those interested in purchasing a membership must register on the town website according to Bernardo, “In order to join the pool this year, you must register online. We will not handle cash or checks at the pool,” said Bernardo. “You can go to the website at ourclark.com, and click Clark Recreation under the Community tab, where it will take you to the portal and you can pay by card.”
He continued, “Once there you can register if you already have an account, or make an account and then register. Please be sure to include all family members that will be included on the pool membership are on your account. You can also upload pictures to your account that can go on your ID cards.”
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