Westfield Pool Memberships, Park Renovations Discussed at Recreation Commission Meeting

Memorial Pool's waiting list for memberships is now open Credits: Jill D'Ambrosio

WESTFIELD, NJ — Pool memberships were on the agenda for The Westfield Recreation Commission at Monday night’s meeting. The commission will mail out Memorial Pool membership flyers to the 2016 members by the end of this week, according to M. Bruce Kaufmann, the director of recreation.

The waiting list for pool membership is open now on the recreation department website or in person, Kaufmann said. Residents have first access to pool memberships. Memberships will be opened to non-residents if the 9,700 limit is not reached by the end of April.

Furthermore, the recreation commission is looking for lifeguards for the 2017 season. Applications are available at the recreation department or can be downloaded via email inquiry to

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“The time is now,” Kaufmann said of membership and lifeguard applications.

Additionally, Kevin Zippler of the Westfield Baseball League met with the commission to ask about funding for dugouts for the second and third baseball fields at Gumbert Park. He said that Gialluisi Homes, which Zippler consulted about the construction, has offered to donate one dugout.

After hearing Zippler’s proposal, recreation commission chair Peter Echausse agreed to fund one dugout. The dugouts, for which the exact price was not confirmed, will cost between $14,500 and $16,000.

Lastly, the commission reviewed the architectural plans for the renovations of the athletic facilities at Tamaques Park.

“The project includes two multi-purpose fields with lights where the lower soccer field is,” Echausse said. “And knocking down the existing bathroom/storage facility and building a bigger, two-story, multi-use pavilion. It will also include more parking and relocation of the existing basketball courts.”

As of now, the target date for the renovation is 2018. According to Echausse, the finance committee has agreed to move ahead with the project.

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