Splash and spray

WNY opens renovated pool, new play area

“The children of West New York deserve the best, and we are happy to provide a safe, state-of-the-art spray park and kiddie pool,” Mayor Felix Roque said at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated West New York Swim Club on Thursday, Aug. 5.

The pool, which was built in 1979, got an overhaul over the last year. City workers also added a spray park next to the pool. It boasts more than 12 new water features including water-spraying palm trees, waterfalls, a tiger slide, and a mini pirate ship with slides and spray water cannons.

“This beautiful swim club is for you to enjoy with friends and family.” — Commissioner Margarita Guzman.

Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo of the Department of Recreation said at the ceremony, “Upgrades to the Swim Club provide an urban oasis for our kids to enjoy right here in town. The smiles on their faces clearly confirm that our young swim club members approve.”

The spray park also includes oversized flowers that mist and mushroom-shaped domes that squirt water. The bright colors of the surrounding pool surfaces have been refinished to provide safer experiences on the playground. Families can find amenities like benches, tables, and umbrellas along the perimeter of the park.

During the public address, Commissioner Margarita Guzman said to the young attendees, “We made this for you. This beautiful swim club is for you to enjoy with friends and family.”

The pool is located on 6600 Anthony M. DeFino Way. It will remain open until Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5. According to the Recreation Director Jorge Gomez, the pool might stay open for an additional week after Labor Day if the weather permits, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet. There will be more updates in the future.

People with questions should call the Division of Recreation at 201-295-5120.

The pool opens Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The pool use is not free, but there are different rates for residents and non-residents, and for membership and one-time use.

Residents can pay for an individual or family membership fee. Or they can pay daily rates of $7 on weekdays and  $8 on weekends and holidays. For non-residents the daily rate is $10 on weekdays, weekends, and holidays.

Registration for a membership must be done in person at the Swim Club office on 6600 Anthony M. DeFino Way.

In addition, town officials wanted residents to know of the various sprinkler parks in town. Locations include Washington Park on 308-66th St., Fillmore Park on 227- 61st St., St. Mary’s on 6501 Jackson St., and Dewey Park on 6408 Hudson Ave.

Free swim lessons

The Division of Recreation also announced free swim lessons at the West New York Swim Club for residents between the ages of 3 and 14. Lessons will take place at the West New York Swim Club on Saturdays and Sundays. Contact the Division of Recreation at 201-295-5120 for additional questions or information.

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