Aquasize registrations (AQUASIZE begins Wed, June 19th) and Tot Swim registration (Tot Swim begins July 2nd) forms will be in the next bulletin. (There will not be an online registration for these programs this year). Registration forms can also be printed from the website Radburn.org or picked up at the Grange.
A POOL UPDATE FROM THE MANAGER AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Our pools are ready to open. The new B Pool heater is installed and operating - in fact, training sessions for new lifeguards took place in B Pool this past weekend. B Pool will be inspected by the Fair Lawn Department of Health on May 15th and it will open as scheduled on Memorial Day weekend.
R Pool will open on time too, though it has not been filled yet. To address a long-standing leakage problem, R Pool has been re-caulked and a defective drain in the pool has been closed. After some additional work on the bottom and sides of the pool to remove loose paint and smooth rough spots, the pool will be filled. A date for inspection will be arranged with the town and the R Pool, like the B Pool, should be ready to open on schedule.
Several different pool experts have examined our pools and assured us that structurally the pools are very sound. We had the pipes under R Pool pressure-tested and they are in good shape. This is excellent news, of course, because replacing either pool would be enormously expensive. Still, the pools are very old. B Pool was completely rebuilt in 1989, so it is thirty years old. R Pool is much, much older than that. Age has harshly impacted the surface of the pools. Corroded pool surfaces are a very common problem for outdoor pools, whatever they are made of (ours are concrete.) Time, weather, the chemicals used to keep the water clean, UV rays from the sun – individually or in combination any of these things can cause any surface coating – from plaster to epoxy to specially-formulated paint – to deteriorate. Flaking and chipping result. That is what caused the issues at the shallow ends of both B and R Pool last year. Years of patching and re-patching created an unstable surface that broke-down and left flakes and rough spots that could scratch and scrape feet.
There is no quick fix for this problem. The surfaces of both of our pools need to be completely stripped of the layers of paint and epoxy and plaster that have been applied at various times over the years. Then a new surface treatment must be applied and time, a lot of time, must be set aside to allow whatever new treatment is used to properly cure. Without stripping and without patiently letting the new surface cure, the problem will simply re-occur. If we did all of this now, we cannot be sure when either pool would be ready to open. July? August? The best time to do this big job is in the off-season. We plan to do it in the Fall. It will be costly, but not nearly as costly as a new pool would be.
For now, we are removing as much loose paint and debris as we can from the surface of both pools, smoothing the rough areas by hand and not re-painting either pool this season. The R Pool, in particular, will not look as nice without a new coat of paint, but we have been advised by our pool company and bya specialist in commercial painting that re-painting now would only increase the risk of further chipping and flaking.
One thing you can do to reduce the likelihood of scratching or cutting your feet in the pools this summer is to wear pool shoes. Until we have fully re-surfaced B and R Pool, pool shoes are one way to protect your feet and your children’s feet.
POOL PASS VALIDATION
POOL PASS validation for 2019 continues for all current residents. If possible, stop by the office after 2:00pm.
CHILDREN 5 years of age can get their official Radburn pool pass.
TENANTS/RENTERS: Must bring their current lease or the letter increasing their rent for the current time period, along with TWO current bills. Only names appearing on the lease will receive a pool pass.
RESIDENT ADULT CHILDREN AGE 23+ must present in person proof of Radburn residency from an official source and complete a Questionnaire and Certificate of Residency (notarized) to have cards validated.