WESTFIELD, NJ — The town's Recreation Department is preparing to open Westfield Memorial Pool on June 6, unless state orders forbid it from doing so.

“Although we don't know exactly what's going on for this summer, we are hopeful, and we are pushing forward,” said Heather Re, the town’s aquatic supervisor. 

Pool maintenance has continued like any other year. The main pool is power washed and plumbing is being worked on. Re said the town is holding off on immediate purchases like staff apparel for its lifeguards, which costs around $5,000 a year, and the chlorine needed to maintain the pool. Many purchase orders are signed and ready to go.

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“There's a schedule that needs to be kept up with, because if we push it back much farther and the miracle happens and everything goes back to normal next week, we're behind the 8-ball,” said Don Bogardus, the town’s recreation director. 

About 3,000 people have registered for the pool this summer, Re said. Registration is extended until May 28 and families can get refunds if they are concerned about the coronavirus. Still, officials are anticipating the pools will open.

“We're going to have a great pool season this year,” Bogardus said.

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