An update to the upcoming season at the pool.
We are busy preparing for a great summer at the Hazlet Township Swim & Tennis Club with our new partner, Camp Coconuts. The pools are being filled and the grass is trimmed. Both the swim club and Veterans Park look great and we look forward to welcoming you back!
As we continue to prepare, here is some information we can share at this time.
There will be no changes to the daily hour of operation for Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club members; the hours remain 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. We will continue to share the facility with campers, just as we have for many years. When Camp Coconuts is in session, the children will be spread out throughout Veterans Park and the Swim Club, involved in different activities.
This year we must comply with CDC guidelines in light of COVID-19. The Swim Club will have specifically designated areas for camp, and campers will be separated into small, controlled groups for social distancing. The Olympic pool will be segmented lengthwise, with campers to one side and members on the other. When camp is not in session, the facility will be open to the members, just as in the past.
The Swim club facility will have specifically designated camp areas with controlled group segregation therein, open shared spaces, common multi-use areas and “Member Only” areas. The pool slide, rock wall and diving boards will be open, subject to typical closures, reserved group usage and limits to capacity – just as before.
Current guidelines under the Governor’s Order call for controlling capacity. Fortunately for us, Hazlet Swim & Tennis Club is a large facility. With the memberships we have received to date, and under normal club usage, we do not think this will be a problem. Going forward, we will offer weekend memberships only. Though paid members may bring guests, we recognize it could create capacity issues and will be closely monitoring this benefit to see if adjustments need to be made and ask all to think of their fellow members under these abnormal times when inviting guests.
Refunds / Credit
With the season shortened by COVID-19, the Hazlet Township Committee is discussing 2020 swim club membership fees paid to date. Paid members will be advised of any decisions. Anyone seeking a full refund will be accommodated.
Unfortunately, the extended campaign to collect enough memberships by June 19 to operate the club did not bring in enough memberships to produce needed revenue. But thankfully, we were approached by Camp Coconuts at the last minute to discuss a partnership, and this newly forged alliance actually rescued the 2020 Swim Club season.
We regret we cannot offer our traditional Hazlet Summer Camp through Hazlet Recreation. Last year we had 335 campers, but due to the COVID-19 situation we had only received 33 registrations for the 2020 season. Like many other municipalities, we made an early decision to suspend summer camp to allow families to make other arrangements.
We are pleased Camp Coconuts is offering Hazlet children a discounted rate to run their camp in Hazlet Township, which will soon be announced when all is finalized.
To clear up any confusion, Camp Coconuts is not a Middletown Township municipal operation. Camp Coconuts is a private business, which operated out of the older Middletown Swim club, which is also a private owned business. Please direct any questions about Camp Coconuts fees, registrations and programs directly to them.
Anyone looking for seasonal work is invited to apply to the Township or Camp Coconuts.