MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Township Pool opened Saturday under bright, sunny skies. The pool is located in Gero Park in Short Hills and hosts a main swimming pool with a water slide, a large wading pool with a water umbrella, a gazebo with ping pong tables, a snack bar and a swim team and swimming lessons. The pool will be open on weekends only from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday, June 21. The pool will be open thereafter seven days a week through Labor Day.
The pool has three adult swimming lanes and an adjacent adult-only aquatic walking lane. The water temperature of the unheated pool on opening day was 69 degrees but can get as high as 80 degrees on hot days. The manager of the pool is John Breheney and the assistant manager is Peter Morgan, both high school teachers in Mount Olive. It is their third season managing the pool. There are 36 staff member, 30 of whom are lifeguards. The staff spent the two preceding weekends setting up the pool. Ninety percent of the staff is returning from last year.
Jacob Lipps, a town resident, a lifeguard and former member of the Millburn High School and Millburn Town swimming teams explained that the town team practices and holds meets at the town pool. He specialized in the breast stroke and won several first place medals. The town team competes against neighboring town teams. Mr. Lipps has worked at the Town Pool for six years, one as a staff member and five as a lifeguard. He stated that the pool is “a great place for families to spend stress-free hot days in the summer.” He noted that this was the first sunny opening day he could remember.
Mr. Morgan, the assistant manager, stressed that the goal of management was “safe and clean.” He opined that the pool is “a great deal for residents. It is a low membership fee considering how upgraded the pool is. It is younger than other pools by several decades.”