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Graydon Opening Times Revised

Council approves plan to open at 10 a.m. through mid-August.

will be open to young and old at an earlier hour than initially planned after supporters of the plake lobbied the council to roll back the proposed hours.

On Wednesday night, the village council (sans Councilman Paul Aronsohn) agreed to .

The previously told the council there could be some savings in opening at 12 p.m. for the first 13 weekdays in June and the last 15 weekdays in August.

Village Manager Ken Gabbert said the two separate periods would have saved $11,400 in total.

The idea, some on the council and many in the public said, seemed at odds with the goal to bring higher levels of participation at the pool. Many bring young children to the pool on Linwood and Maple during those hours, they said.

While the council agreed to a consistent 10 a.m. opening time through mid-August, because of budget concerns the 12 p.m. open time in late August remains – for now.

At the suggestion of Mayor Keith Killion, the council agreed unanimously to revert to the 10 a.m. time during June but will hold off on August unless money can be found in the budget, expected to be passed by July.

"Every $10,000 is significant," Gabbert said. "It becomes a staffing concern."

Council members Bernadette Walsh and Killion suggested fundraising efforts and perhaps holding youth dances at the parcel to help shore up the financial losses.

In related Graydon news, the council officially revised the plan to charge seniors $25 for season badge passes, reducing the final sum to $20.

Boyd A. Loving May 03, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The ability to use the kiddie pool area prior to 12 noon is great news for parents/grandparents with toddlers. Thank you Mayor Killion, Deputy Mayor Riche, Councilman Wellinghorst, and Councilwoman Walsh.
Marcia Ringel May 03, 2012 at 07:22 PM
This was an excellent move by the Village Council to consider residents' wishes and enhance the marketing of Graydon within town and in other towns as well. We hope the budget will permit the Council to allow Graydon to open at 10 AM on the last 15 weekdays in muggy August also. Consistent opening and closing hours throughout the summer, as was always the case in the past (except that formerly, Graydon closed at sundown), would be far easier to remember. No one will miss the dreaded sandwich signs on the bridge announcing the noon openings. Seniors may now buy Graydon badges at any time for the same price, $20, as last year. There will be no $5 increase starting on May 20, as previously planned. This means anyone age 62+ can sign up in person all season at the same price and not be disappointed to lose a preseason discount by buying or renewing a badge at their first actual Graydon visit of the summer, if desired. It won't still be 54 degrees in June--right?
Douglas Cronk May 03, 2012 at 07:42 PM
"Every $10,000 is significant," Gabbert said. "It becomes a staffing concern." Interesting comment.
Marcia Ringel May 03, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Every $10,000,000 is significant, too.
Concerned Ridgewood Dad May 04, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Ms Ringel, Maybe the town council should focus more time/effort on finding solutions to the deplorable water quality at the pond and less on "marketing" Graydon to unsuspecting out of towners and new Ridgewood residents. Just curious if you feel it was a problem that that poor boy couldn't be found for so long and that it took rescue divers to find his lifeless body. Its "clear" Graydon's murky water is a liability time bomb for Ridgewood taxpayers and a death trap for unsuspecting swimmers.
Douglas Cronk May 04, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Marcia, my comment had to do with the irony of a Village Manager saying every $10,000 is significant shortly after asking for (and receiving) a 12% retroactive salary increase. I wish you didn't feel the need to constantly project such an unpleasant tone.
Jane H May 04, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Graydon camp ends too soon, how about a camp at Graydon for kids in 6,7 8 grade? Couldn't that raise money? Sailing, volleyball, early life guard training, yoga, diving, swimming galas for non swim team? I'm ready to sign up!
Lisa Ertle May 04, 2012 at 11:17 AM
...T'ai Chi...perhaps utilize the view of the water for a rec watercolor class? How about an art contest (separated by age group) for the best painting of Graydon?
RdgwdGRock May 04, 2012 at 03:45 PM
time to close the cess-pool and turn it into a park

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