NEWTON, NJ—The Town of Newton has come up with a plan for residents to swim this summer while the pool remains closed through the season. The plan is possible because of donations from Alex Cable and Thor Labs and the Newton Board of Education, according to town manager Thomas S. Russo Jr.
The program, funded by a $12,000 donation from Cable and Thorlabs to the Town of Newton Recreation Trust Account, will run four days a week from July 1 through August 29, with no service on July 4. The Newton Board of Education unanimously agreed to let the town use one of their school buses in order to bus residents to the Hackettstown Community Pool.
The bus, which holds 50, will leave Memory Park at 11:30 a.m. and arrive at Hackettstown Pool at approximately 12:15 p.m.
The bus will then leave Hackettstown Community Pool around 5 p.m. arriving at Memory Park around 5:45 p.m.
The town will be paying for the bus, driver, fuel and provide any appropriate certificates of insurance/hold harmless agreements as needed according to Russo.
The Hackettstown Community Pool will be accepting swimmers from the Town of Newton, Andover Borough, Andover Township and Green Township and reservations can be made through SignupGenius.
Pool entrance fees, concession stand food and drinks and cost of all activities is the responsibility of the participants, according to Russo.
The Town of Newton is hiring Newton Pool Manager Jacquie Ferdenzi to accompany residents to the Hackettstown Community Pool each day. Participants must follow all Hackettstown Community Pool rules and anyone under 16-years-old must be accompanied by an adult
If participants wish to depart early, they must make their own travel arrangements and advise Ferdenzi. All Hackettstown Community Pool rules and regulations apply to all participants.
“Thank you to Dr. Greene and the Newton Board of Education for assisting us with the utilization of a Newton school bus and the services of a trained staff bus driver for this important community endeavor,” Russo said. “Thank you to Joe Yapaola, Hackettstown Recreation Director, for his support.”
Russo also thanked residents “for their patience during this time. We look forward to offering this interim aquatic option, as well as non-aquatic recreational activities, to help residents and families have a wonderful and fun time this summer.”