SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Recreation Department’s community camp will not open for the summer season, announced Trustee Summer Jones during Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

 “Director Pete Travers from Recreation and Village Administrator Adam Loehner worked very hard to try to figure out if there was a way to make it work but unfortunately due to several factors, which include stringent social distancing that needs to be put in place with campers, as well as locations and potential rain storms, we were not able to open the camp,” said Jones. She also said the parents who had registered have been notified.

Trustee Karen Hartshorn Hilton expressed her frustration with the decision. “Had I been given the opportunity to vote on this, I absolutely would have voted the other way. I strongly disagree with the Village Administrator’s decision to cancel camp. I disagree on a number of levels,” she said, including the late date of the announcement.

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“This is a very contentious issue; the trustees take it very, very seriously, and we were not given the opportunity to overrule his decision.”

Jones also reported about summer youth sports: The baseball program will restart on July 6, and registration for autumn flag football and soccer will begin at the end of July. 

In another Recreation Department announcement, the summer concerts usually held at Flood’s Hill have also fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic and are canceled. As for whether they could return before summer’s end — along with the outdoor movies South Orange has hosted in the past — Jones said, “We are waiting to see what the social distancing policy is from the government in July to see if we can restart.”


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