Ridgewood February 4, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 3 Graydon Pool complex reconstruction sparks controversy by John Koster Proposed plans for a $13.9 million comprehensive reconstruction of the Graydon Pool complex split those members of the community who spoke last week right down the middle, with most members of the Ridgewood Village Council clearly not eager to tackle a project of that magnitude – and some not eager to destroy the lake-like appearance of the existing pool. Members of the volunteer study group, including Melinda Cronk, Jane Morales, and Walter Vester, were praised for their hard work as they officially unveiled their proposal at last week’s council work session. Many members of the standing-room-only crowd applauded warmly as the advocates of a four-pool complex to better serve Ridgewood’s younger swimmers made their case. Graydon has sustained a steady reduction in pool-badge membership for years: 50 percent in the past five years. The new plan, previously displayed at informal meetings, already has almost 5,000 people interested in buying badges at $150 a person, which would minimize the cost of the $13.9 million bonded construction fund to Ridgewood to $58,000 this year and $24,000 next year in start-up and design funds. The concept displayed and described calls for construction of four distinct pools where the present lake is today and in the vicinity. The pools would include a toddler pool near the bathroom and food stand; a 16,000-square-foot pool with zero entry, meaning that the water at the entrance would be shallow, and a “lazy river” for upper elementary and middle school children; a dedicated diving pool with a board, and the only deep water in the complex; and an eight-lane, non-Olympic size 25-yard lap pool. The first few speakers at the meeting after the hour-long presentation were applauded by a large portion of the audience as they advocated the plan, which they said would draw back families with young children, who now sometimes pay for pool memberships outside Ridgewood due (continued on page 22) An artist’s rendition of the proposed changes for the Graydon Pool complex. � ������ ��������� ������������ BROWNSTONE MILL Mayfair Antiques BUY • SELL Store: 201-444-7007 Fax: 973-694-0012 Brownstone Mill Antique Center 11 Paterson Avenue • Midland Park, NJ Located between Wyckoff Ave. & Goffle Rd. PRICE CUT - No Fee Spacious Studios �������������������������� ������������������ Landscaping Corp. CIRINO 201-891-0955 ����������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������������� Ask about our prepay for Season Discount! Why not get a price for 2009 Landscape Maintenance and Lawn Care Service? Lawn Care & Lawn Maintenance Programs Full Service Landscape Company SAVE BIG! 201-488-5085 SNOW PLOWING We LICENSED & INSURED • www.cirinolandscaping.com Ridgewood YMCA �������������������� ����������������� Doll Houses and Miniatures The Mini Merchant Doll House Kits & Assembled Wallpaper Accessories Furniture Electric ���������������������� Opens Thursday, February 12th at 5:30am In-person/Phone begins at 9:00am ® On-Line Registration! At The Brownstone Mill Antique Center 11 Paterson Avenue Midland Park, NJ Everything for your miniature projects. Open Wed-Sat 10:30-4:30 201-444-2007 Furniture • Gifts • Antiques A Blend of Everything We Love... For Your Home, For Your Friends, For Your Life. 11 Paterson Ave Midland Park 201-445-7707 • Swimming • Youth Sports • Arts/Science • Cardio • Sculpting • Mind/Body • Adult Dance and More! 112 Oak Street • 201-444-5600 Do you need a copy of our program guide? Just download from the website at www.ridgewoodymca.org Spring 1 Session February 23 - April 19, 2009 Ridgewood YMCA