Oct 7, 2011 - CITY OF NEWARK CLOSES JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER POOL FOR MAINTENANCE
For Immediate Release
CITY OF NEWARK CLOSES JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER POOL FOR MAINTENANCE
Programs are being shifted to Ironbound Aquatic Center pool;
JFK Permits will be honored at Ironbound facility
Newark, NJ – October 7, 2011 – Mayor Cory A. Booker, Acting Neighborhood and Recreational Services Director Tharien Karim Arnold, and Engineering Director Medhi Mohammadish announced today that the John F. Kennedy Aquatic Center is being temporarily closed to accomplish needed maintenance tasks that require the pool to be drained and closed. The Ironbound Aquatic Center, located at 226 Rome Street, will be open at its normal operating hours and is honoring John F. Kennedy Aquatic Center permits. The John F. Kennedy Recreation Center, located at 211 West Kinney Street (entrance on Howard Street), will remain open for all non-aquatic activities.
“We are performing needed maintenance tasks to ensure that the Kennedy Center pool and its supporting facilities provide our residents with the highest quality of swimming and diving facilities,” Mayor Booker said. “We ask that our residents be patient while we perform this work.”
Tasks that will be undertaken include replacing worn and damaged tiles in the pool, upgrading pool and deck lighting, and cleaning and repainting the male and female locker rooms. The closing will be for an indefinite period.
“Regular maintenance and periodic upgrades are vital tools to ensuring that the Kennedy Aquatic Center will offer the finest swimming facilities in the state,” said Acting Director Arnold. “This temporary closure will improve the Aquatic Center over the long term.”
“The Kennedy Aquatic Center requires maintenance, and we are accomplishing this as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Director Mohammadish. “We waited until the summer season was over, and for the lowest time of utilization of the pool, to minimize inconvenience to our residents. I commend the Recreation and Public Buildings team on how they have moved forward on this important project.”
The maintenance work will cost about $50,000, and will come from the Department of Engineering capital budget.
Recreation has been a major priority for the Booker administration. Since 2006, each of the City’s recreation centers has had a comprehensive rehabilitation. After millions of dollars of capital investment, every city Recreation facility and pool has been upgraded and is now open for expanded programs and community use. In addition, City programming at recreation centers has been expanded. Residents can now access a full catalogue of recreation and cultural programs and services.
The John F. Kennedy Recreation and Aquatic Center is the City’s largest such facility, offering Newark residents of all ages a wide variety of daily recreation, exercise, and swimming programs. 2008 Olympic U.S. Swimming Gold Medalist Cullen Jones trained there as a youth. The facility features a multi-purpose exercise room, a regulation size basketball court, a state-of-the-art weight room and an indoor/outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool equipped with a retractable roof. The John F. Kennedy Recreation and Aquatic Center has hosted numerous events, including the 2002 U.S. Youth Games Swimming competition, professional wrestling matches, a variety of exercise classes, amateur boxing bouts, basketball tournaments and other community functions.
The City’s recreation programs are sponsored by the Department of Neighborhood and Recreational Services’ Division of Recreation and Cultural Affairs. For more information, contact the Ironbound Aquatic Center at (973) 733-5838 or the John F. Kennedy Aquatic Center at (973) 733-6550. For information about any City of Newark program or policy, contact the Non-Emergency Call Center at (973) 733-4311.
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Newark, commonly referred to as Brick City, is the third oldest city in the United States and the largest in New Jersey, with a population of more than 280,000 people. Newark sits on one of the nation’s largest transportation super-structures including an international airport, major commuter and freight rail lines, major highway intersections and the busiest seaport on the east coast.
With a new Administration as of July 2006, Newark continues to see signs of a strong revival. Its population showed growth in the most recent census. Its six major colleges and universities are further expanding their presence. The rate of production of affordable housing has doubled, and new businesses are moving in. There is still much work to be done but Newark is on its way to achieving its mission: to set a national standard for urban transformation.