WESTFIELD, NJ – With less than a month before Memorial Pool opens for the summer, workers are busy repairing damage caused by prolonged cold during the winter months.
“There was a lot of tile work that fell off. That’s being replaced while we speak,” Bruce Kaufmann, director of recreation for the town, said.
Kaufmann estimates that the pool suffered between $8,000 and $9,000 in weather-related damages from ice and frigid temperatures.
Meanwhile, children who visit the pool this summer will find a new swing set in the playground area. New flooring will also be installed in the women’s bathroom.
“With all the damage from this winter, that was all that we could afford to do,” said Kaufmann.
It costs between $900,000 and $1 million to operate the pool annually, all of which comes from membership dues and guest passes, according to Kaufmann
The Memorial Pool complex is set to open on June 6 at 10 a.m. Membership is capped at 9,700 individuals.
“We’ll be having two family fun nights, and we are hoping to have a special guest appearance at one of the nights,” Kaufmann said, adding that the dates of these evenings are to be determined.
Next up on Kaufmann’s agenda are opening the slide pool and kiddie swimming area and checking to see how these sections fared during the winter. He expects to begin filling the main pool on the Tuesday after Memorial Day.
The recreation department is currently hiring lifeguards for the pool. Those interested in applying can pick up an application at the recreation department. For more information, call 908-789-4080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We’re accepting applications for those who have their lifeguard certification, and we’re taking a list of people who are interested in getting certified,” Kaufmann said.
For more information on pool hours and activities, visit http://www.westfieldnj.gov/recreation.