Faced with declining summer pool membership on the one hand and the need for substantial investment to repair the pool itself, the Board of Selectmen at its November meeting decided unanimously to close the heated outdoor pool at the former Country Club of Woodbridge. “It’s financially difficult to justify,” keeping the pool open, said Selectman Mica Cardozo.
The pool was a part of the Woodbridge Country Club before the club went nearly bankrupt and the land was sold to the town in 2009. With its elegant locker rooms, it served as a reminder of a gilded time of summer leisure. Although the clubhouse had to be shut down due to safety concerns, the town continued to run the pool under the auspices of the Recreation Department, including towel service and concession stand, as it was a popular spot to hang out in the summer.
But this year Recreation Director John Adamovich told selectmen that the pool would need to be drained, resurfaced and painted, which would cost about $80,000. In addition, the operation had lost money, despite the 80+ memberships they sold in spring. Since the town shut down the golf operation at the Country Club two years ago, and prior to that the departure of long-time pool director Anthony Taddei, membership has not recovered. They ended up $54,000 in the red.
Adamovich thanked program supervisor Dave Cohen, building maintenance foreman Brad Parsons and pool director LaDonna Reynolds for their hard work trying to keep the pool going. “They did everything they could,” he said.
He expressed hope that the town will be able to strike a deal with a developer, a deal that may include reopening the pool in the future. “Maybe, if a deal is made, then we can reopen again,” he said.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent