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South Orange Main Pool Remains Closed for Repairs, Baby and Intermediate Pools to Open this Weekend

Nearly three weeks after its planned opening for the season, the South Orange main pool remains closed because of a delayed filter replacement project.

“All of us involved in this pool filtration system repair regret the delay in our South Orange pool opening,” South Orange Village Trustee and Chair of the Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee Karen Hilton told Village Green. Hilton said Recreation staff were working “round the clock to move this along for a successful, but sadly, delayed pool opening.”
Hilton said the township began the replacement of the pool filter system early in the year, which should have allowed plenty of time to complete the job, but for “many reasons” which she didn’t specify, the project has not been completed as planned.

The good news is that the intermediate and baby pools will be open this weekend, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.; the concession stand also will be open.

In addition, South Orange pool members will once again be invited to use the Maplewood Pool, as they were last weekend.

“Maplewood has been a marvelous partner in allowing our residents to use their pool, and this weekend, our South Orange children’s pools are open, so residents have options in both community pools,” Hilton said.

The Maplewood Community Pool is located at 187 Boyden Avenue; weekend hours are 10:00 am-8:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Access to the South Orange OR Maplewood pools requires a current 2018 South Orange Recreation I.D. Badge, which can be purchased or renewed at The Baird Center Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-9:30 pm and Friday-Saturday, 9:00 am-4:30 pm.

Hilton said there was not yet an estimate on when the main pool would reopen. For more updates, check the Village website or follow on Twitter @SOPool.

Asked whether the township might consider either partial refunds of membership fees or an extended pool season to make up for the delay, Hilton said the Recreation Committee did not yet have such plans but the issue would be discussed at the next BOT meeting on June 28.
Hilton said, “We are aware and sensitive to the importance our pool is to our residents – and thank the Maplewood Village for their help.”

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