GLEN ROCK, NJ - There will be swimming this summer at the Glen Rock Pool, the Borough Council decided last evening, at a loss of approximately $25,000.
Councilwoman Mary Barchetto presented budgetary and safety concerns, along with Recreation Director Chris O'Reilly, using results from the recent resident survey to show residents would come to the pool if it were opened.
The pool and other recreation activities have been put on hold since the governor mandated a state shutdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, which has killed eight residents as of the end of May and sickened 117 others in the borough.
"42.3% of the 1,300 people who responded to the survey said they would probably go to the pool if we opened it," Barchetto said.
With a spreadsheet of costs and a step-by-step startup plan for lap swimming and open swimming procedures, including daily disinfecting, Barchetto said the pool could open at 25% capacity with social distancing.
Lap swimming would begin on June 29 at $12 per session, and open swimming would cost $7 per person beginning July 17, Glen Rock residents only. No season badges will be sold this year.
There will be no concession stand and the kiddie pool will be closed, as well.
The Council voted 4-2 in favor of moving forward with the plan. Council President Amy Martin voted no because she was not comfortable with the timeline. Councilwoman Arati Kreibich voted no, as well.