WEST ORANGE, NJ – Although the calendar says Spring and pools are not yet filled, the West Orange Recreation department says it is ready for a great summer season, both at the pools and through various events throughout township.

The department went to full online registration this year through Community Pass, and has been very successful to date. The next big phase in registrations will ramp up next week as residents complete their pool registration online.

Edwin Johnson, Assistant Director of the department says all has been going smoothly so far.

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“We had a soft launch of the Community Pass program in the Fall with the full debut taking place in the Winter 2016 season," he said. "While there were some growing pains, overall the implementation has been a success and well received by the community as we have had nearly 1500 program registrations so far.”

The facilities have weathered the winter well, according to Johnson, and are ready to be filled in time for summer fun. He says the next phase of the online process will be processing pool memberships, starting next week.

“As the pool is one our largest and most popular programs, it was imperative to find a convenient method for our residents to join the pool," he said. He added that the goal is to make that method easy. "With Community Pass, families are going to be able to join the pool from the comfort of their home.  Residents will be able to complete their pool membership application at any time day or night," he said.

One concern that’s being addressed is the ability of seniors to be able to register online, especially those who have no access to a computer.

Johnson says the department is going to facilitate seniors as much as they can, explaining, "As part of the implementation of the new registration system, we plan on visiting various senior citizen buildings as we get closer to the beginning of the pool season.  Recreation Department staff will be on site to assist seniors in completing the registration process and answering any questions that they may have.”

To create an account at Community Pass, click here. If you already have a Community-Pass account from another organization or community, you can use your existing username and password to log in and register for programs offered through the West Orange Recreation Department. You do not need to create a new account.