SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – When the South Plainfield Community Pool opens next month, visitors will not only have access to a state-of-the-art swimming facility but also a fully-renovated ADA compliant pool house.
"The pool house was built in 1965 and has not had a renovation of this magnitude since I can remember and I personally went to the pool as a child and have been a member myself for about 20 years,” Council President Christine Faustini, chair of the borough’s recreation committee, told TAPinto South Plainfield during a June 18 tour of the newly renovated building. “This is a big renovation and I anticipate the public being pleased with the updated amenities.”
The South Plainfield Community Pool closed at the end of the 2018 season and, last fall, construction of a new, state-of-the-art pool, which was approved in March 2019 through a $2.475 million non-binding referendum, began. This past January, the borough council also passed Ordinance 2163 allocating $420,00 – including $400,00 in bonds or notes - for ‘improvements to the pool house building, parking lot, Cady Lane, and other various site improvements…’ at the Maple Avenue facility.
According to Glenn Cullen, business administrator and CFO for the borough, just under $350,000 in renovations were made to the pool house itself. “It’s more than just painted cinder blocks,” said Cullen. “The pool house was as dated as the pool itself, and I am sure pool attendees are going to like the newly renovated facilities."
Earlier this spring, the exterior got a facelift with a fresh coat of paint, shades of blue – the color representative of the Borough of South Plainfield – replacing the dark green that once greeted visitors. On the inside, much of the building was gutted with floor to ceiling renovations ranging from the removal of the drop ceilings; the installations of all new plumbing lines, a new water heater, and new electrical panels; new windows; and the reconfiguration of space.
Entry into and exit out of the facility will now be located off the back parking lot and, as a result, the former registration room was reduced in size and will now serve as a first aid room. While the manager’s office remains in its pre-existing location, the former first aid space was converted to provide a new family restroom accessible off the pool deck.
“The new family lavatory will offer convenience for many and the larger, brighter first aid room will also be a much better experience for those needing and providing assistance,” said Faustini.
The men’s and women’s washrooms have been swapped and, with the reduction of space from the registration room, the women’s restroom was expanded by approximately 100 feet. Amenities in the women’s room have all been increased; there are now two showers (including one that is ADA complaint), five stalls, five changing stations, and a row of five sinks. In the men’s room, there is also an ADA compliant shower, two urinals, three stalls, and a row of five sinks. Additionally, all the restrooms, including the family one, also feature automatic no touch toilets, sinks, and hand dryers as well as baby changing stations.
"We are excited about the upgrades to our pool house and when we can open our doors and patrons can enter the facility, I hope that all feel welcome,” said Elizabeth Yarus, director of the borough’s recreation department.
As of press time, the pool facility is slated to open July 15; over the coming weeks, the liner will be installed, the decking will be poured, the flume slide and spray features will be installed, and remaining poolside electrical work and fencing will be completed. The pool itself will be filled from an underwater spring.
Pool Saver Passes will be available for purchase, beginning June 30, through Community Pass (https://bit.ly/2JpGLO2). More information on the pool, including saver pass rates and details on guidelines and restrictions set forth by the New Jersey Department of Health in response to COVID-19, is available at https://www.tapinto.net/towns/south-plainfield/articles/borough-pool-projected-to-open-july-15-saver-passes-on-sale-later-this-month.
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