VERONA, NJ – At a town council meeting on Monday, January 27, Verona Recreation Director Jim Cunningham told the town that the recreation department has no access to the schools for the summer due to the installation of air conditioning systems. With no access to the schools, there are five camps, with a total of 500 students who utilize these camps, trying to find a place to hold their activities for the summer. Cunningham and the rest of the recreation department are working hard to find a location to hold the camps, trying churches and Caldwell University but they didn’t have much luck.
After figuring some things out, it was discovered that the recreation program could fit three of the camps at Verona Community Center, but only for grades Pre-K to fourth grade, meaning the child has turned four years old as of October 2020 or the child is going into fourth grade as of fall 2020. The recreation program also discovered they could use some fields around town with a tent where they can rotate kids from inside the tent to outside on the field throughout the day. With this issue for the summer camp programs that a lot of families utilize, Cunningham said, “we feel the public should know because we need to make plans. The fifth through eighth graders are really going to be our challenge.”
Cunningham is also focused on keeping the Verona Town Pool open an extra five days, from 12 PM to 6 PM. Labor Day is Sept. 7 but the school year doesn’t start until Sept. 14 so Cunningham wants to utilize those extra days and give the people of Verona something to do during those days. The only issue with this plan is getting lifeguards during those five days because a lot of students who lifeguard during the summer have sports which start before the school year does and will be unable to work due to practice so the town pool is looking for lifeguards who will be able to work during those days.
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