CRANFORD - Following months of deliberation, Cranford officials announced at Monday's Township Committee Workshop meeting that they plan to reopen just Orange Avenue Pool and keep Centennial Avenue Pool closed for likely the entire summer season.
The decision comes after Governor Murphy announced earlier on Monday that municipal and private swimming pools can reopen on June 22. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, summer membership numbers have decreased dramatically, which sparked the original conversation on whether to open one or both pool locations, citing financial worries. While guidance is still forthcoming, capacity is expected to be limited.
According to Deputy Mayor Kathleen Miller Prunty, some determining factors in opening Orange Avenue Pool over Centennial Avenue Pool included 1. Orange being larger, which would allow for more daily guests, and 2. Centennial needs a new pump, which costs around $15,000.
Steve Robertazzi, Cranford's Director of Parks and Recreation, said that while being ready for June 22 will be a challenge, he believes it can be done.
"I think it's going to be tight, but we can make it work," said Robertazzi. "It's going to be a lot of training and orientations and stuff to get the staff in place.The pools will be filled by the weekend, and it'll give us a week to balance everything out. I'm comfortable with the 22nd. I think we can make it work."