Residents and Pool Members,
It is with great sadness that I am announcing the closure of the LMT Pool for the 2020 season. I understand these words have echoed for you throughout 2020 in a variety of instances including the closure of the Disney Parks, disruption of the NBA and NHL seasons, and the delay of the Olympic Games. We all just hoped that it would not affect us locally, the truth is there just isn’t any avoiding the COVID-19 pandemic.
I have spent hours and many sleepless nights calculating different scenarios, but we cannot accommodate for the financial shortfalls created by this disease. In every scenario we come up short financially, the only choice was to choose the best of the worst. In order to save the future financial stability of The Pool, we must close this year.
As you know, the pool is revenue driven; no tax dollars are used to operate our pool. The pool also has a six to eight-week lead time. If we started getting ready May 1, then we would not be able to open until at July 1. The longer we are on a stay at home order the later this gets pushed back. This would cost The Pool hundreds of thousands of dollars.
We also must consider the unknown variables. For example, many residents may be without income this year and will be unable to afford a pool membership. In addition, many residents may not be comfortable in a large gathering space even when this is all done.
While the Pool is not tax based the closure is deep-rooted. Parks and Recreation will be working at a financial loss also since much of our budget is in user fees. We will not be hiring our summer field maintenance hires; we will not be hiring an intern for the remainder of the year and we will not be hiring our full-time laborer scheduled for this year. There are more sacrifices we will be making in Parks and Recreation that are more project related but we will announce those later. With that being said, our full-time pool staff have been shifted over to the Park and Recreation budget and will be operating in different capacities for the remainder of the year.
We remain hopeful that we will continue to operate CampLMT. We believe if we get up and running as a nation, our residents will need care for their children while they return to the workforce. We will be making a more definite decision about camp closer to its start date in June.
All members who are currently registered for the pool will be refunded in full automatically, refunds will be processed in the next few weeks. Our staff will be in touch with you individually if there is any delay in processing.
I look forward to seeing you all again very soon.
Monica Tierney, MBA, M.Ed., CPRP
Director of Parks and Recreation
Lower Makefield Township