Crestwood Lake Changes MPK Membership Rules
UPDATE, May 9: Allendale officials say the reason Crestwood Lake rescinded its no-sponsorship policy for Midland Park residents was to be fair to other communities where sponsorship is required.
"People in Ridgewood and Ramsey and other towns asked why Midland Park residents didn’t need a local sponsor to join the lake like they did," Amy Wilczynski, chairwoman of the Allendale Facilities, Parks and Recreation Committee, told Suburban News reporter Lynn Burggemann. "We thought it was best to keep it consistent and show no favoritism."
The decision was reportedly made on March 19, but Midland Park residents were not notified of the change until April 30.
Reports vary on the length of time the no-sponsorship policy was in effect. Allendale's mayor recalls a 2011 conversation with Joseph Monahan, then-mayor of Midland Park, requesting the change. However many Midland Park residents are emphatic that they have attended Crestwood Lake without a sponsor for at least three and up to five years.
Residents of Ho-Ho-Kus, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River still do not need sponsorship because the regional high school "families are connected by sports, clubs and social activities at the school."
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ORIGINAL, April 29: For reasons as yet unclear, Allendale has changed a multi-years-long policy to offer Crestwood Lake membership Midland Park residents. As of the 2013 season, Midland Park residents wishing to join Crestwood Lake for the summer need to have a sponsor.
Starting this year, all non-Allendale residents wishing to join the lake must be sponsored by an Allendale resident who is also a member of the lake. Three exemptions exist: Ho-Ho-Kus, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River, which are all sending towns for Northern Highland Regional High School District.
(EDITOR'S UPDATE: According to an eBlast sent out on May 2, "Allendale resident-sponsorship requirement for Ridgewood, Ramsey and Midland Park has always been in effect. Midland Park’s requirement was waived for the past two years. The Allendale Governing Body decided to resume original policies and procedures to keep membership balanced." However, several Midland Park residents report being unsponsored pool members for at least three or four years.)
For Midland Parker’s lucky enough to find a sponsor, Crestwood Lake membership will cost $200 per adult and $75 per child. For Crestwood Lake regulars who are unable to find a sponsor, there are other options in the area.
Graydon Pool, 295 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood
The sand-bottom Ridgewood municipal swimming hole is open to families from towns in the surrounding area and features a shaded playground, water play fountains, a picnic area with charcoal grills, sheltered pavilion and a cafe. Activities include volleyball, basketball, shuffleboard and more, plus "Storytime Under a Tree" for little ones. Swim lessons are available for children and adults, and children ages 8 to 14 can also join the competitive swim team. Non-residents rates are $175 per adults and $155 per children. Graydon is open June 1 to Sept. 2, 10am to 7:30pm. For more information, visit the link above or call 201-670-5560.
Spring Lake, 691 Wyckoff Ave., Wyckoff
Membership for the lake at the Wyckoff Y is open to Midland Park residents regardless of whether or not you are a Y member. The sand-bottom pool offers private or semi-private swim lessons, a competitive swim team, summer camp, lakeside concerts, Fourth of July blowout, summer volleyball and Just For Fun days, along with weekday story time and arts & crafts for kids ages 3 to 6. Non-resident rates are $545 per family, or $240 per adult, $165 per child or teen. Adults ages 62 and up are $220 each or $350 per couple. Spring Lake is open 10am to 7:30pm on weekends beginning June 1 and daily from June 24 through Labor Day. For more information, visit the link above of call the Y at 201-891-2081.
Brookside Racquet & Swim Club, 480 Brookside Ave., Allendale
The private-owned racquet and swim club is open to Midland Park residents as full-year members racquet club or summer-only lake members. The sand-bottom, artesian well water filled lake includes water fun with slides, rafts, inflatables, diving boards and both private and group swim lessons. On land, members enjoy beach fun, volleyball, basketball and platform tennis, along with picnic groves and tables around the lake (which can be reserved for the entire season for $85) , and a full-service snack bar. Babysitting is also available for $10 an hour. The Lake is open from May 25 to Sept. 2 and membership is limited to prevent overcrowding. Lake membership costs $195 per person age 2 to 64, and $98 per person ages 65 and up. For more information, visit the link above or call the club at 201-825-2665.
Waldwick Municipal Pool, Hopper Ave. and West Prospect St., Waldwick
The Waldwick town pool includes a pool with a diving board and slide and a kiddie pool, along with a small playground and a snack bar. Midland Park residents can at the same rates as Waldwick residents. The pool offers swim lessons on weekday mornings and also has a swim team. The Waldwick Pool is scheduled to open for the season Memorial Day weekend (earlier than in the past) and closes after Labor Day. Registration forms are available here. Rates are $55 per adult, $45 for seniors ages 62 and up, and $50 per child age 4 to 17. For more information, call 201-652-5300.
Mahwah Township Municipal Pool, 700 Darlington Ave., Mahwah
Nonresidents are welcome at the Mahwah town pool without need of a sponsor. The facility offers a 25 meter pool with diving well, a wading pool for babies, a 40-foot intermediate pool for children, volleyball and playground areas, picnic tables and grills, extensive lawns, a clubhouse with lockers and showers, and a patio with food services. The swim club opens weekends beginning Memorial Day, with daily operations starting after the last day of school in Mahwah, and closes after Labor Day. Pool hours are 11:30am to 8pm. Nonresident rates are $225 per individual and $450 for couples and families. For more information, visit the link above or call 201-529-1265.
Washington Twp Recreation & Swim Club, 470 Ridgewood Blvd. North, Washington Twp
The WTRC is a privately owned swim and recreation club that is open to anyone who would like to join. The pool has multiple diving boards, an inflatable obstacle course and free "watersize" classes for members, and also offers swim lessons to members and nonmembers. Members are either bonded or must purchase a bond. However, for 2013 new members can forgo bonding for one year only. The introductory rate is $735 for a family or $374.50 for an individual. The pool is open 10am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and 12noon to 8pm on Sundays beginning June 21. For more information, visit the link above or call 201-664-4344.
Darlington County Park, 600 Darlington Ave., Mahwah
Part of the Bergen County Park's Department, Darlington Swim Club offers swimming, sandy beaches, recreation courts, picnic areas and more. Seasonal memberships are not available, however a discount card is offered for $12 a year per family. With the discount, rates for Bergen County residents are $4 weekdays, $5 weekends for adults or $3 daily for children ages 5 to 17. Without the annual pass, it costs $10 on weekends or $8 on weekdays for adults or $6 any day for children. Seniors who are Bergen County residents are $2 any day, and out of county seniors are $6 on weekends and $3 on weekdays. For more information, call 201-336-7275.
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