Hoboken pool closed without explanation
Pool not a priority?
Tim Occhipinti offered the following additional statement regarding the Hoboken community swimming pool:
“This is not a campaign issue, this is a community issue. The fact that this pool will only be open for six weeks is unacceptable. I asked Director Pellegrini months ago outside a City Council meeting if this pool would be open on-time and was budgeted and the answer was yes. I do not consider July 19th to be on-time for the children of our community.
It is clear that nobody made fully funding this pool for the entire summer a priority. Even current 4th Ward Councilman and Finance Chair Michael Lenz refused to fund the pool beyond the available grant to provide a basic service to his own constituents.
This was not a surprise to anyone, it was a conscious choice not to fully fund the pool.”– Tim Occhipinti
Another blazing hot day without Hoboken community pool
The community pool at the Hoboken Boys & Girls Club today. Closed. Notice the overgrown weeds as well.
Boys & Girls Club pool closed during hottest period of year
Hoboken Fails to Open City’s Only Community Pool
Without any explanation to residents, The City of Hoboken will delay using the municipality’s only community pool by two weeks, well after other “Summer Fun” programs begin on Tuesday, July 6th. City officials indicated that the pool, located at the Boys and Girls Club (123 Jefferson Street) will open on Monday, July 19th, thus depriving many children in the community the opportunity to use the facility during the height of the summer months.
“Why is the only community pool opening nearly a month after school ended?” asked 4th Ward resident and City Council candidate, Tim Occhipinti. “When I asked them a few months ago, the administration confirmed that the pool would open on time. Now, they are failing to stand by their promise to the children of our city.”
Last year, the community pool was slated for closing due to budgetary issues, according to city officials. As a result, a series of fundraisers raised donations that were given to the city last year to help mitigate costs. In return, the city opened the pool in mid-July. Many of these donors were assured that the pool would be open for the full 2010 summer season.
“It is a shame that City Hall can’t get this pool open for the children in our community to use on some of the hottest days of the summer,” said Hoboken parent Kylia Colon. “You can’t tell children one thing and then do another. Our kids deserve better.”
Occhipinti said, “This is exactly the type of issue I will be advocating for, we all know that every summer we need to get this pool open on-time. This is nothing new, we need better accountability.
This should be a high priority for our residents who can not economically afford a pool membership and transportation to the Secaucus pool as endorsed by the city.”