NEW HANOVER – The Hickory Park Township swimming pool is set to open on time, thanks to a unanimous supervisor vote to begin repairs worth $ 64,000.
The unanimous vote came at the March 7 meeting and awarded the bid to All State Technology, LLC of Oak Ridge, NJ, which was the lowest bidder.
The work will mainly consist of resurfacing the pool and replacing some tiles, said City Manager Jamie Gwynn. No mechanical or system repairs are necessary.
The township had budgeted $ 55,000 for the repairs, but decided to go ahead with the repairs to get the pool ready for swimming season and because “the data shows our pool is making a profit”, Gwynn said.
This circumstance is unusual for public and semi-public swimming pools, which have experienced difficulties in recent years.
In Pottstown, the North End Pool, a private pool club, struggles to keep its members and runs its finances.
In neighboring West Pottsgrove, the takeover and repair of the former Colonial Pool private club did not go well. There, the township struggled to find an operator and went three years without being open for a full season.
West Pottsgrove Township Commissioners Chairman Steve Miller said 2019 was the year a final decision on the township pool had to be made and a committee examines the matter.
“We were actually very lucky with this offer because the next closest offer was $ 83,000 and then $ 91,000 and $ 99,000,” Gwynn said. “We checked their references and had about 20 or 30 references and a lot of them were from townships.”
Following acceptance of the offer, “the pool will be open by Memorial Day,” Gwynn said. The pool season is from May 25 to September 2.
The township took back ownership of the pool when it purchased 21 acres of Hickory Park in 2009 for $ 800,000, 80 percent of which was covered by the Montgomery County Open Space Program.
It was the site of a campground and mobile home park that was the origin of a small sewer system that drained into Swamp Creek and the residents who lived in the trailers all through ‘year.
Gwynn said registration for pool members is now open to township residents only until April 15th, after which residents from out of town can apply for membership.
You can apply online on the town’s website newhanover-pa.org or at the Township Building, 2943 North Charlotte St., Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Seasonal passes cost $ 200 for a family of four and $ 250 for non-residents. There is a cost of $ 15 for each additional family member beyond four.
- A single membership is $ 85 for township residents and $ 130 for non-residents.
- Seniors memberships are $ 50 for residents and $ 70 for non-residents.
- Without a subscription, the daily rates are $ 6 per day for adult residents of the township and $ 8 per day for non-residents.
- Children (ages 2-12) cost $ 5 per day for residents and $ 7 per day for non-residents.
- Seniors (62 and over) are $ 2 per day for residents and $ 4 per day for non-residents.
- Children under two years old are free and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.