SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Construction is moving along at the South Plainfield Community Pool and, behind the scenes, borough officials, at a meeting March 2, introduced, upon first reading, membership and other fees for the facility’s inaugural season. The ordinance is scheduled for a second reading and adoption on Monday, March 16. 

“We have come up with the proposed fees for 2020 and are hopeful that they will be approved by the council at next week’s meeting,” Elizabeth Yarus, director of recreation, told TAPinto South Plainfield, noting that the rates were established through a collaborative effort between herself, Borough Administrator Glenn Cullen, and the Recreation Committee which includes Council President Christine Faustini and Councilmembers Robert Bengivenga, Jr. and Melanie Mott. 

“Over the course of the past few months, we worked together to update the membership structure. At the forefront is a concern for our residents and providing them with high quality services while trying to keep costs reasonable,” said Yarus. 

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“I would like to extend my gratitude to the Recreation Committee and Mr. Cullen for all their time and hard work,” added Faustini, who serves as the borough's recreation liaison. “Much analysis and consideration went into determining the most appropriate fee structure for our community and members.”

For 2020, one of four different pool memberships will be available for purchase at the end of March. If purchased prior to June 15, an individual membership (for anyone ages 13 and older with parent consent) will cost $200; a family membership will cost $350; and a senior citizen membership (available to residents 60-years of age and older by May 31) will cost $80. 

New this year will also be an individual plus one option, good for either one adult and one child or two adults, costing $300. Note: proof of residency is required for any South Plainfielder looking to purchase a membership and those seeking an individual plus one or family membership must reside in the same home. 

Non-residents looking to join the South Plainfield Community Pool prior to June 15 will pay $330 for an individual membership; $450 for an individual plus one membership; $600 for a family membership; and $150 for a senior citizen membership. 

For those who wait and register after June 15, the costs will be as follows: Resident – individual, $225; Individual plus one, $325; Family, $400; and Senior Citizen, $100. For non-residents, the memberships costs after June 15 will be $355 for Individual; $475 for Individual plus one; $650 for Families; and $170 for Seniors. 

In terms of guest passes, the total given out with each membership has been reduced for 2020. Both the resident and non-resident individual and individual plus one membership, along with the non-resident senior citizen membership will each come with two guest passes while the resident family membership will come with five, the non-resident family will come with two, and the resident senior citizen membership will come with three. 

According to Yarus, hardcopy guest passes will no longer be distributed; instead, the appropriate number of passes will be assigned directly to one’s account. Those who wish to purchase additional guest passes may do so any time during the summer at $100 for 10. 

“We are trying to be more mindful of guest passes, but we still want to provide members the option to be able to bring guests here,” she said, noting that use of a guest pass will require a member to also swipe their keyfob and enter the facility. 

For those who do not have a membership, the cost to visit the pool for the day will remain the same as it was in 2018. For residents, the cost will be $12 per person on weekdays and $15 per person on weekends/holiday and for non-residents the cost will be $25 on weekdays and $30 on weekends/holidays. A discount for entering after 5 p.m. will no longer be offered. 

For members, said Yarus, purchasing additional guest passes may be more financially beneficial than purchasing multiple daily rate passes for guests on different occasions. “We are trying to give members a little bit of a discount and still make it affordable for them to bring guests in,” she said. 

In establishing rates for 2020, the costs to join the Tiger Sharks Swim Team will be $40 for the first member and $25 each additional family member (with an individual or family pool membership required) to help offset the cost of the professional coaches and lifeguards required to run the program. Swimming lessons will also be offered over the summer with eight, 30-minute sessions $40 for members; $80 for resident non-members; and $120 for non-resident non-members. Additionally, members looking to reserve the picnic area for a party can do so for $10 per person with a 15-person minimum; guest passes cannot be used.                                                                                                        

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND BOROUGH COUNCIL OF THE BOROUGH OF SOUTH PLAINFIELD that the following rates shall be established for use of the South Plainfield Community Pool for 2020:

This ordinance shall take effect upon final adoption and publication according to law.

About the New South Plainfield Community Pool 

Funded through a Democracy Day referendum as well as additional borough bond ordinances, the new South Plainfield Community Pool is slated to be a state-of-the-art and ADA-compliant facility. 

The facility will feature 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. The facility will also feature two slides, including the tube structure installed in 2015. 

Additionally, the project also calls for the installation of a stainless steal gutter system; the installation of lighting around the pool to allow for longer hours of operation; a new, more accessible entry into the facility; and two outdoor shower stations. The facility’s pool house will also receive a facelift and be handicapped accessible; projects include converting the first aid room into a family bathroom, flip-flopping the men’s and women’s bathrooms, installing all new windows, and repairing foundation issues at the corners of the building. 

We are looking forward to welcoming residents back to the pool,” said Yarus. “Our hope is that residents will enjoy all the new features including an additional water slide, climbing walls, zero-depth entry, and the splash pad for toddlers.” 

Residents looking to sign up for the 2020 season at the South Plainfield Community Pool can do so online through Community Pass (https://bit.ly/2JpGLO2) on a date to be determined; borough residents seeking to register and pay in person, either with cash, check or credit card, can do so Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Please note: anyone who has not registered with the recreation department in the past year will have to visit the PAL office to provide proof of residency (utility or mortgage bill, driver’s license, etc.) and a child’s birth certificate as well as to have their photo taken and have their accounts reassigned to their existing keyfob (if applicable). 

“I think residents will be thrilled with the new facility, and we are all looking forward to welcoming both new and former members to the pool this summer,” said Faustini. “The South Plainfield Community Pool will once again be a place of great summer memories for years to come.”

For more information, including help with online registration, call contact the South Plainfield Department of Recreation at (908) 226-7713. For details about upcoming programs, follow ‘South Plainfield Recreation’ on Facebook or visit http://www.southplainfieldnj.com/spnj/Departments/Departments/Recreation%20Department

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