NEWTON, NJ – The ribbon has been cut, the umbrellas are up and the lifeguards are ready. The Newton Pool is officially open and the water’s fine. Newton residents can jump in beginning Friday.
“We can’t wait to have you at the Newton Pool,” Co-Director Sherri Kaylani said. “We can’t wait to see your smiling faces.”
Newton Town Council members dipped their toes in the water for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Measures have been taken to follow COVID-19 protocols including limiting the capacity to 120 people at a time and several swim times during the day, to allow for the most number of people to jump in.
The main pool is open as are the snack stand and bathrooms. The kiddie pool remains covered, to allow for overflow of patrons, according to Town Manager Thomas S. Russo Jr. If there are too many people in the main pool area, they can set up their chairs around the kiddie pool.
No swimming lessons or swim team meets this summer, but they are looking forward to it for next year, Russo said.
There are 27 staff members at the Newton Pool including the directors, life guards and other staff. According Kaylani they are still hiring as some of the staff return to college. She hopes to have the pool open “well into September” as long as the weather cooperates.
Beginning on Friday the pool will be open Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
- Open Senior Swim- for adults ages 55 and older: 9 to 11 a.m.
- Open Swim Session A: noon to 3 p.m.
- Open Swim Session B: 4 to 7 p.m.
Newton residents will swim for free. Non-residents will have to pay a fee; Sessions A and B will be $5 each, while seniors for each session will be $3 and any children under three are free.
According to Kaylani, registration will be required and the registration receipt will serve as the swim pass.
Attendees may choose more than one session per day but must leave with all of their belongings at the end of each session and return upon the start of the new session to check in again. Lounge chairs will not be provided, according to Kaylani. Guests are welcome to bring their own chairs.