SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Plans for a new and improved South Plainfield Community Pool are, according to borough officials, moving according to schedule.

“I am happy with the progress and, at this point, everything has been moving along as planned,” Councilwoman Christine Faustini, the borough's recreation liaison, told TAPinto South Plainfield.

In late 2018, borough officials announced that major repairs were needed at the 52-year-old Maple Avenue pool and, last March, residents approved a $2.475 million non-binding referendum for renovations and updates during a Democracy Week vote. The following month, the South Plainfield Borough Council approved a resolution to retain the services of Brandsetter Carroll, Inc. to provide engineer and architectural plans for the pool. 

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In May, a pool committee was formed; the committee, which meets every two weeks to review the project, includes Faustini, and Councilmen Robert Bengivenga and Jon Dean along with Borough Administrator Glenn Cullen and representatives from Brandsetter Carroll. 

In recent weeks, construction preparation, including soil sampling, core testing of the pool, and surveying, along with the gutting of the pool house, has taken place. In mid-July, the project went out to bid with a total of five bids submitted by the Aug. 7 deadline. As of press time, the borough council hopes to award the contract for the pool at its Aug. 12 meeting with construction beginning shortly after. 

“We are still scheduled to open for the 2020 pool season,” said Faustini. 

The project calls for a new, state-of-the-art and ADA-compliant facility that would include a zero depth entry at both the wading (children’s) pool and the leisure pool; spray features, a climbable play structure with a slide, and an approachable water table-style play feature at the wading pool; and a tall dumping and spray water feature along with a whirlpool feature, in-water bench seating, an in-pool shade leisure area at the leisure pool. 

In the competition pool/lap swimming area, lanes will be relocated for wider and more regulated length and, in the 7-foot section, a multipurpose activity zone with climbing wall would be added. While the four multi-color slides at the back end of the pool would be removed, the tube slide and upgraded filtration and chemical feed systems, replaced in 2015, would remain. 

The project also calls for the installation of a stainless steal gutter system; the installation of lighting around the pool, which will allow for longer hours of operation; and a new, more accessible entry into the facility. Additionally, there are also plans to relocate the sunshades purchased in 2017 and retain the current bathhouse, parking lot, and filter building as well as add amenities such as an outdoor shower station and family restroom.

“These additions would all be within the spending proposed,” Faustini said, adding that, through funding not included in the bond, the borough also plans to upgrade the picnic area, create an ADA-compliant family restroom; and update the fencing around the facility. 

“I am really pleased; everyone has worked together wonderfully as a team to keep this project moving on schedule,” said Faustini, adding, “I think that the residents are going to be thrilled with the final project and something well worth the wait.”

“We are thrilled with the final design of the pool and think the residents will agree,” said Glenn Cullen, the borough’s business administrator. “Just as the library turned out to be a tremendous success and staple of our community, so will the new South Plainfield Community Pool.”

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