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Village of Ridgewood Survey for Graydon Pool Operations/COVID 19

TIME SENSITIVE – DEADLINE IS 6/1/2020 AT NOON

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Ridgewood NJ, The Village Council of the Village of Ridgewood would like your input about opening Graydon Pool this summer.  In order to safely operate the Graydon Pool swimming facility for the residents of the Village during the COVID-19 pandemic this summer, many changes must occur.  The facility and park area will be governed and look differently than they have in the past, as we continue to adhere to social distancing safeguards, the Governor’s mandates, and State health regulations.

Revisions Proposed are as followed:

Hours of operation, 2 half day sessions each day: Morning session 10:30am-2:30pm, (close for sanitizing 2:30-3:30pm), Afternoon session 3:30-7:30pm
Admission fee (residents only) is $10.00 per person, per half day session for children and adults (except children under 2 are free). No season memberships, all admissions are first come, first served every day.  Credit given for rain cancellations.
Possibly 30 to 50 people (may be more or less people, depending on Governor’s orders) swimming in each of these areas: kiddie pool area, shallow area (along Linwood Avenue), and deep water area
Social distancing must be practiced and masks are to be worn in all areas
Shade systems, accessibility ramp for entry into the water, Wi-Fi accessibility, and newly renovated restrooms will be available
The following will not be available at Graydon Pool this summer (unless modified by the Governor’s orders)

No concession stand, patio use (tables/chairs/umbrellas)
No diving boards or rafts
No picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, grills or use of pavilion
No spray fountains
No volleyball, basketball, playground
No recreational games of shuffleboard, four square and hopscotch
No instructional swim programs and competitive Graydon Pool swim team
No storytime or lending library of books and games through the badge office

In order to better plan for this summer season we request your assistance in answering the posed questions found in the link below. Deadline for submission is noon on Monday, June 1st.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE SURVEY

26 thoughts on “Village of Ridgewood Survey for Graydon Pool Operations/COVID 19

  1. WTF? No concession stand? It’s take out food Nancy. What’s the fucking problem with having take out food available? Jesus; what morons in Parks & Rec.

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  2. No diving boards or rafts? So what’s the issue there? Just limit the number of people on each. Simple solution Nancy. Duh?

  3. Did they mean no water fountains? Why no spray fountains?

  4. First come, first served isn’t going to work out. Some people will camp out hours in advance to secure a spot. Should be by reservation only, using a software system that tracks usage and prevents someone from hogging up all of the slots.

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  5. The YMCA will be starting to have swim lessons again, but they will be private lessons only. Why can’t they have private lessons at Graydon?

  6. 1, OK first the pool definitely needs a real look over for inspection.
    2, you’re gonna have to definitely control the dirty birds from shitting all over the place.
    3, you’re gonna have to control the crowds to 50%.
    4, there should be surveillance cameras all around the pool . So we do not have another 15 million Dollar lawsuit.
    5, and give someone the responsibility as pool manager. Their responsibilities will be everything above and so much more. That individual needs to stay there seven days a week. You cannot rely on part-timers ,high school kids college kids .
    We need to stop putting responsibility in someone else’s lap. If your director/supervisor they will be responsible. End of the story.
    We need to stop putting responsibility in someone else’s lap. If your director/supervisor they will be responsible. End of the story.
    If you’re going to open the pool open it up right run it right not half assed like every other year.

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  7. The survey doesn’t ask what sort of “safety” penalties I’d be willing to accept and still pay to visit the area. If I may recommend, add questions such as below and I’d be happy to take the survey. Sample questions:

    Would you be willing to pay to visit the pool if:
    – Your kids have to wear a mask before coming within 6ft of other kids?
    – No food vendors available and no outside food permitted
    – Pay $10 / person only to enjoy half a day
    – PC police would be watching your kids every move and intervene if they violate any social distancing rules
    – Toilet will be closed

  8. Who funds the rest of the cost to operate Graydon without the concession stands and if it’s only getting $300-500 in admission fees per day? Surely the operating costs exceed that? So all village taxpayers fund that? That’s not fair when only 30-50 residents can use it daily!!!!!

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  9. That’s the worst survey ever. No opportunity to provide any feedback or ask any relevant questions.

    This looks like yet another Village Council boondoggle… Who funds the rest of the cost to operate Graydon without the concession stands and if it’s only getting $600-1000 in admission fees per day (Two Hal day sessions at $10 per person limited to 30-50 people per session)?

    Surely the operating costs exceed that? So all village taxpayers fund that? That’s not fair when only 30-50 residents can use it per half day session !!!!!

  10. This is insane – it is time for our council to say no to Governor Murphy. Also under these draconian conditions if opened it should be free for residents. You are killing our town. Look around and stop it. Open Graydon as ii always is. The chances of transmission of Covid-19 outside at Graydon is negligible. More people will die walking and biking on our streets this summer.

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  11. Screw it make it a fish pond .

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  12. Whatever happens, I can’t wait to take photos of the crowds being dispersed by the police when they’re all lined up to get in.

  13. PLEASE open the pool this summer. Do you realize what the children have been through with this online learning, never having any fun. It is going to be a long hot summer. PLEASE open the pool. PLEASE

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  14. All this energy for people to swim in a dirty, money losing, unpopular mud hole.

    Ignorance is strength.

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  15. #StopTheINSANITY

  16. Why don’t they add to the list and also disallow having fun?

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  17. Beyond foolish to make any such changes.

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  18. This is a quality of life issue people. Kids all the way up to seniors are going to need an outdoor outlet this summer. We don’t all have private pools. Please make it happen. Please

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  19. I don’t have a private pool. And I have four kids. I rely on Graydon. Have always paid full freight. Can the town cut us a break this once? Gonna be a long, hot summer.

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  20. Let them go outside with a garden hose. It’s cleaner. And you probably will not get an ear rake from the water and the gardeners. Because the water and grandpa’s full of BS.

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  21. This pool gives a positive outlet for families in this town to spend time outdoors with the proper space to socially distance. Kids have suffered enough being cramped up indoors. Please don’t take this away! Put the proper safety measures in place and lets start to create the new normal!

  22. $85,000 to open it and a “best case scenario” loss of -$50,000 for Village taxpayers (not to mention liability costs) all so only 60–100 residents can use this daily…. not fair to the vast majority of residents!

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  23. Ha. Ha. Ha. So what if the Pool loses money. It is your own fault for building that nice in ground pool in your backyard, buying your Jersey Shore Summer House and going to Europe for the Summer with or without your teenage kids whom won’t be spending their Summer in Ridgewood anyway! Look at the crowds at Graydon Pool during the 1960’s. (google them). Currently, on a good day, half the pool is closed. Those crowds are gone forever; you can bemoan this fact over lunch at the Country Club!
    So yes, keep the pool open for the people who don’t want pools, can’t afford pools, or are RENTERS!
    Yes, RENTERS are PEOPLE TOO! Don’t they deserve a nice spot under the shade of a tree or on the sand a few times over the Summer? I think they do!

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  24. Renters don’t pay property taxes, just rent.

    1. its part of the rent , unless the landlord is bad at math

  25. Still a big loss just to satisfy 60-100 residents!

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