Community Park Pool opening to be delayed

The start of the 2020 Community Park Pool season is being delayed until at least June 13. An update regarding the opening status will be provided around May 22, Princeton Recreation Department Director Ben Stentz said.

As of May 1, all pool registration options have been temporarily suspended until further notice. When registration resumes, both pro-rated and early-bird fees will be reflected in the new pricing, Stentz said.

Residents who already purchased a 2020 pool membership will be contacted directly by the Princeton Recreation Department regarding a pro-rated refund or a pro-rated credit for future use.

Municipal offices are still closed to the public, but questions can be emailed to recreation@princetonnj.gov.

The operation of public pools in New Jersey remains prohibited by Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order. Based on the governor’s road map plan, officials say it is unlikely that the restrictions will be lifted this month.

“Our top priority is the safety and health of both pool patrons and the 100-plus Community Park Pool employees,” Stentz said. “Discussions are ongoing at the State Department of Health and the CDC about what restrictions,
recommendations and guidelines might eventually be made regarding pool operations in 2020.”

Social distancing, establishing a reduced maximum capacity of visitors to the facility, restrictions on group activities, and significant changes to sanitizing
protocols are all possibilities. “When the governor eases the restrictions on pool operations, we will then evaluate the corresponding directives and
guidelines from health officials and implement these changes into our operational plan,” Stentz said.