Swim Club Dives into New Season
Maplewood Swim Club has gone through a series of upgrades during the off season, including a welcome change to the snack bar.
After the long winter months, Maplewood Swim Club’s two outdoor pools, as well as the basketball and volleyball courts, needed a little TLC.
The baby pool was resurfaced and the volleyball court got fresh sand and general maintenance from the winter wear and tear that took place this year," said Bernadette Clune, Vice President of the Maplewood Board.
“The changes are unnoticeable,” she said. “Members get to come back to a place that looks the same (because of the maintenance.)"
However, Clune said the biggest change is that the Maplewood’s snack bar is now run by the club, as opposed to years past when a local pizza shop rented the space in order to sell their goods.
“Kids are using the snack bar more,” Clune said. “It’s geared more toward family snacks during the day, instead of a restaurant environment.”
The new snack bar serves items such as fresh fruit, hot dogs, chicken fingers, French fries and water ice.
Robin Rosenthal, a Member of Maplewood Swim Club for about nine years, said she likes the new snack options.
“Everything is really a little healthier, it’s more kid friendly,” she said. “(Now) the snack bar has a lot of things that the members really want.”
Despite the happy members, Clune said the pool’s membership is down.
“I would say we’ve had a 5 to 10 percent membership decrease since we’ve seen a change in the economy in general,” said Clune.
Clune said she attributes the drop to families cutting things they consider luxuries in the bad economy.
Maplewood is a bonded club, she said, which means in order to be a member, one must buy a bond and become a part owner of the club. The returns from the bond then go to maintaining the club.
Clune said the club also recently started a one-year only membership to give those who aren’t sure they want to own a bond in the club an opportunity to get a taste of whether they’d like to take the plunge.
The 10-acre swim club is tucked away in a residential neighborhood and has two pools, picnic areas equipped with grills, a playground, volleyball court, basketball court, snack bar and plenty of open space.
Clune said anyone who might be interested in a membership at Maplewood for the summer should check out the club's website.