Thursday, May 23, 2013
DEP officials say the handicap ramp at Graydon Pool in Ridgewood won't be ready for summer.
With work on a handicap ramp at Graydon Pool not expected to begin until at least the fall, Fair Lawn officials have opened up the borough's sandbottom pool this summer to Ridgewood residents with physical challenges. At a public forum on Monday, DEP officials told village officials and residents that they have yet to sign off on a controversial handicap ramp to Graydon. The ramp has been the subject of intense debate for several years. The council voted late last year to allocate $48,000 toward the construction of a 40-foot ramp at the 2.6 acre site. But the DEP process has been frought with delays. Ridgewood residents with physical challenges will still have the option to spend a day at a beach in Bergen County thanks to neighbors in …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Council must decide – and quickly – if it will keep extended hours for the 2013 season.
As the Ridgewood Village Council wades through the Graydon budgetary waters, it will need to determine the financial impact cutting hours and slicing elements of its operation might hold. According to Parks and Recreation Director Tim Cronin, the pool collected $393,821 in revenue this past year for a $250,000 budget. But the actual cost of running the pool aren't exactly known. The Graydon Pool budget doesn't factor in indirect costs like salary for administrators, insurance and electricity costs. In response to Mayor Paul Aronosohn's question, Cronin said the fees from the pool do not cover the costs. He didn't know by how much, but said the pool is in the red. When all costs were tallied in 2008 and 2009, the shortfall tallied around $…
Monday, January 28, 2013
Trial run in 2012 went well enough for the village to award the vendor the contract again in 2013.
The concession stand at Graydon will remain privately run – at least for 2013, anyway. Ridgewood's council agreed last Wednesday to renew the "Vending to Please" contract for a second straight year, receiving $18,000 from vendor Sergio Francisco for the new season. Last year's trial basis went well, council members said. Local residents were hired and Graydon overall made money last year, in part due to Francisco paying $15,000. The council will be requesting that Francisco maintain strict hours in 2013. He would occasionally close early in 2012, officials said.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Council decided to open at 10 a.m. during the first few weeks of June and the last few weeks of the season in 2013.
Ridgewood's Graydon Pool will see a return to its normal operating hours after council officials found the service was appreciated in the community despite the small financial loss. The pool in 2013 will open at 10 a.m. in the first few weeks in June and in the closing few weeks of August, the council determined Wednesday night. Ten o'clock in the morning had been the standard opening time prior to 2012, when Parks & Rec staff made aim to open at noon due to limited resident participation in those hours. Speakers over the last few months have lobbied the council to keep the 10 a.m. times largely because of the convenience factor for those with young children and grandchildren. Tim Cronin, Parks and Recreation Director, said the amount of …
Monday, October 8, 2012
A final vote on bonding for a controversial handicap ramp at the municipal pool could be held on Wednesday.
Consensus on constructing a handicap ramp at Graydon Pool continues to be murky. The council could be formally accepting a $55,000 Bergen County grant to pay for the $95,000 project as early as Wednesday, though it may be delayed. On Wednesday, speakers from both the Ridgewood disability community and the Preserve Graydon Coalition (PGC) sounded off to the governing body on their views of the project. The council – which has looked at the issue for about 1 1/2 years – has tentatively selected "Option 3" as the design option to move forward with. "Option 3" has the ramp coming off the patio near the main lifeguard station and meets its end at about 24 inches of water. The council is taking a hard look at "Option 1," which would be "less …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Village has planned construction of a handicap ramp into the water.
The village must legally ensure any work it does to improve accessibility at Graydon Pool meets Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, Village Attorney Matt Rogers told the council last week. "The village is required to provide access unless it can be shown that it would be an undue financial burden," Rogers told the council last Wednesday. "By the end of January 2013, we are to have required access or certainly have a plan in place to provide access at Graydon Pool." However, demonstrating financial hardship would not be easy, even if the village is only adding a single point of access into the pool, Rogers said. The village would have to provide considerable documentation to the ADA and the U.S. Attorney's office to meet the …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Police claim a Wyckoff woman and Park Ridge man grabbed purses and cell phones from unsuspecting pool attendees, according to reports.
A couple are facing theft charges for allegedly stealing personal valuables from patrons at Graydon and three other municipal pools in Bergen County, according to published reports. Wyckoff resident Marissa Molta, 22, and Scott Nelson, 22, of Park Ridge are facing charges of receiving stolen property, theft, and for trafficking personal identification, according to a report on northjersey.com. The pair were arrested Monday by Hillsdale police after a traffic stop linked them to the alleged thefts, police told The Pascack Valley Community Life. They're alleged to have grabbed pocketbooks and credit cards. Police launched a joint investigation after a series of burglaries were reported at Graydon Pool, the Park Ridge municipal pool, Stony …
Monday, July 23, 2012
The hot summer has kept badge sales high, according to Parks and Recreation Department head Tim Cronin.
Just past the summer mid-point, officials say there's good reason to believe Graydon Pool will move the decimal point in the right direction, perhaps even making money in 2012. The subject of hot debate in recent years, the village's municipal sand-bottom pool has cleared $328,270 in badge sale revenue as of July 9, according to Parks & Recreation Director Tim Cronin. "The pool season is about half over, I feel we will most certainly break even or better this year," Cronin said Friday. If counting money received from the privatization of the Water's Edge concession stand this year, the pool has generated $343,270, according to officials. Graydon's operating budget for the current year is $347,000. Records show the pool hasn't been in the …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Council unanimous in belief that opening the pool at 10 a.m. for the last three weeks of summer is a worthwhile experiment.
A projected hit of $3,000 to open Graydon Pool at 10 a.m. during the last three weeks of August wasn't enough to scare the Ridgewood council. The five elected officials were unanimous that giving residents every opportunity to use a pool that's only open a few months of the year was a good decision, effectively rolling back the 12 p.m. opening time to 10 a.m. from August 15 through the end of the season, Sept. 3. "I think we're all in agreement that we should keep it open from 10 to 12 during the last two [three] weeks in August," Mayor Paul Aronsohn said. "I guess I'm just reluctant to see us not get the most use out of pool especially now that it's been so nicely improved," Deputy Mayor Al Pucciarelli said, adding that the experiment …
Monday, June 4, 2012
All seemed to have a good time on Saturday.
Resident Boyd Loving reports the weather was nice and kids had a blast at the Graydon Pool 2012 opening day, held on Saturday. The water was cool, but a few brave souls ventured into the nippy water, he reported. The Water's Edge concession stand (now privately run) was stocked with food, ice cream and drinks. Later in the evening, crowds unfolded their chairs and watched family fun movie A Bug's Life. Officials are hopeful Graydon can be used more often as an entertainment venue.