by Rick Pezzullo
When ground was broken for the Village of Tarrytown’s first municipal swimming pool in 2014, developer Joe Cotter was hopeful of having the facility ready for swimmers last summer.
Those plans didn’t pan out, and now it appears another swimming season will pass without residents being able to cool off at Pierson Park near the Hudson River.
Village Administrator Michael Blau explained not only does the six-lane main pool and 30-foot kiddie pool need approval from the Westchester County Health Department, but with most area swimming facilities already up and running, finding lifeguards will be a major undertaking.
“Lifeguards are difficult to come by. If we don’t have lifeguards we can’t open,” Blau said. “We’re kind of behind everybody else. We want to open it as soon as we can.”
What will open sometime in July near the pool at Pierson Park is the village’s new Recreational Facility, which Cotter also built as part of his agreement with the village for the Hudson Harbor luxury residential complex.
The village had advertised the building to be ready in June but some minor, last minute construction delay pushed the opening back a few weeks.
“We hope we will be (finished) in the next few weeks,” Blau said.
The facility will feature an exercise studio with state-of-the-art fitness equipment that will be available to residents through a membership. Equipment from the pool will also be stored in the building. The Parks and Recreation Office will relocate there and the building will have a conference room.
Blau said memberships are not yet being accepted for the gym. The rate structure advertised by the village for one year for a family plan was $600, $300 for an adult 18 years and over and $150 for seniors.