Livingston’s community pools open on Saturday weather permitting (there's a chance of thunderstorms are predicted after 2 p.m.), and the weekend’s official opening finds the pools splash-ready.
Both the Haines Memorial and Northland Pools will open on June 18 with pool hours this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The pools will also open on Sunday, June 19, from noon to 8 p.m. Next week, the pools will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. while public schools are in session. Regular scheduled hours begin on Friday, June 24. Those hours are from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sundays noon to 8 p.m.
Livingston’s pools enjoy a reputation for being clean and fun. “They’re also the lowest cost in terms of pool memberships in the area,” adds Kenneth Lomax, Athletic & Aquatic Supervisor at the Senior, Youth & Leisure Services.
Returning to run the concession stands at the pools is the company MIS, which leased out the space three years ago. According to Lomax, the cost of food at the pools should be lower this year and MIS will be offering daily specials as well as value meals.
Another change at Northland is the addition of new wet mats in the baby area, which will reduce slipping. There's also new, replacement fencing at both complexes to replace those that suffered damage over the years. Lastly, privacy fencing has been erected to shield pool members from the maintenance garage at Northland and from the parking lot and high school football fields at Haines.
Not new are most of the 100 lifeguards from prior years who have been rehired either on a part-time or full-time basis. As in past years, swim classes are being offered. They begin on July 5 and run for six weeks. Some class openings are still available.
Daily guest badges for out-of-town guests of current members only can be purchased at a discount at the SYLS office at the Senior/Community Center on Hillside Avenu during office hours of Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at the pools for a slightly higher fee. Livingston residents may not use guest badges since all residents must obtain full membership to use the community pools. Non-Livingston residents cannot join the pool, but can come in as a guest of a member who purchases a guest pass.
“We’re looking forward to a lot of new memberships at the pools this year,” Lomax said. “It’s going to be a great season.”
For more information on the community pools, including which swim classes have openings, log onto the SYLS website at http://livingstonsyls.org. Residents may also renew their memberships online. New members must go to the SYLS office in person to have a digital photo taken and receive the new digital card. They must also show proof of residency (i.e. driver’s license with current address, utility bill or tax receipt) and children’s birth certificates.