SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Borough Council, at a meeting Aug. 12, approved a resolution awarding the bid for the reconstruction of the community pool to Midatlantic Construction & Design Associates, Inc. The Trenton-based firm will perform the project for $2.195 million. 

In March, borough residents approved the projects through a $2.475 million non-binding Democracy Vote referendum and, last month, the project went out to bid with five companies submitting proposals by the Aug. 7 deadline.

“We are very pleased with what we received and [although] the bids came in slightly higher than we had hoped, they were still within the ballpark of what we had originally forecast,” said Borough Administrator Glenn Cullen.

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The project calls for a new, state-of-the-art and ADA-compliant facility that includes 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, and an in-pool shade area at the leisure pool. 

In the competition pool/lap swimming area, lanes will be relocated to create regulated length and width and, in the 7-foot section, a multipurpose activity zone with rock climbing wall will 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. Through the project, the facility’s pump house, which was upgraded four years ago and initially just ran the leisure pool, will be reconfigured to run the wading pool as well. Additionally, there are also plans to retain the current bathhouse and filter building as well as to add amenities such as an outdoor shower station and family restroom.

With the accepted bid coming in at just under $2.2 million and the borough footing the 5-percent down payment through the municipal budget, the approved project does not include the second slide initially proposed. However, according to Cullen, through the approved project, cement work will be done and water lines will be installed to allow for the installation of the $180,000 flume slide ‘at a later date.’ 

“While we think that there is a chance we will have funds in place, it would be very, very close,” said Cullen. 

Over the summer, construction preparation for the pool renovation project, including soil sampling, core testing of the pool, and surveying, along with the gutting of the pool house, has taken place. The board’s authorization of Midatlantic’s bid means that the borough may now execute a contract for the project and work can begin. 

“I want to thank everyone here, and the public who came out in March in support of moving forward with the community pool,” said Councilwoman Christine Faustini, the borough's recreation liaison. “I am very happy that it will finally be getting under way and I think it will be a very significant enhancement to our community.”

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