UNION, NJ – It's been a beautiful couple of days since the Columbian Swim Club pool has opened to Union residents and kids and their parents are taking advantage of the fun.
About 50 residents attended two sessions at the pool opening day on Monday and about that many were registered for the two sessions on Tuesday. A maximum of 75 individuals will be permitted in the pool each session -- 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
At their first day at the pool on Tuesday, Natasha said she and her sons, Ezra, 3, and Tristin, 7, were having a great time. “It’s less crowded than I anticipated, but the kids had a ball,” Natasha said. “We’ll probably come back next week. My husband and I can alternate taking the kids.”
Each guest receives a temperature check and health questionnaire upon arrival, said Union Recreation Superintendent Robert Cowper. Advance registration is required. “There’s definitely enough space for social distancing,” said Cowper, ”even if we’re at maximum capacity.”
“COVID-19 restrictions have really limited the summer recreational programming for this year,” said William Reyes, Assistant Township Administrator. “So we are thrilled to be able to partner with the Union Knights of Columbus Council #4504 and bring Union residents an activity that the whole family can enjoy.”
“We’re excited to have something to do with the kids,” said Teaira. “It’s been a long few months. It’s nice to have something here in town. We feel safe,” she added.
The cost to use the pool is $5.00 per session for adults and $3.00 per session for children aged 5 – 18. Children 4 years of age and under are free. Families may register for a maximum of three sessions per week -- two between Monday and Thursday and one between Friday and Sunday. If you select two sessions on the same day, you must leave the pool area with all of your belongings between 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. for a sanitization break. Pool guests may use the patio area and buy items at the concession stand. The Columbian Swim Club pool is located at 1034 Jeanette Avenue.