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Township of Hanover News

Posted on: May 12, 2020

Bee Meadow Pool 2020 Summer Season + Swim Team Updates

Township of Hanover

Here is some important information concerning the Bee Meadow Pool 2020 Summer Season.

With the extension of Governor Murphy’s Executive Order regarding COVID-19 restrictions to June 7, 2020, The Bee Meadow pool will not open on the advertised date of Friday, May 22, 2020.

The target date for opening the Bee Meadow Pool is on or about Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The DPW and pool crews have begun work to get the facility in proper working condition. The new slide has been installed and is waiting for summer swimmers.

However, our ability to successfully open the Bee Meadow Pool for 2020 depends on a number of factors including the ability to meet social distancing requirements and the ability to sanitize and disinfect the pool facility to CDC and Department of Health standards.

Most importantly, the July 1 opening depends on the number of members registered. Since the pool is, and always must be self-sustaining, a large part of our decision to open this summer will be based on how many registration cards we receive by Monday, June 15, 2020.

The blue cards are available in the main vestibule of the Municipal Building. After you complete the blue card you can return them to the Municipal Building or mail them to: Hanover Township Recreation Department, 15 North Jefferson Road, Whippany, N.J. 07981.

Do not pay! Due to the new opening date the fee structure will be revised and you will be billed the new amount.

If you have already registered for the pool…THANK YOU! Once the new fee schedule is released, you will receive a refund/credit for the difference.

During this unusual time, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work our way back to some kind of normalcy.

If you have any questions, please contact me: dbrennan@hanovertownship.com or call The Hanover Township Recreation Department: 973-428-2463.

Stay healthy!

Denise M. Brennan, Superintendent of Recreation & Parks Administration


Important Information Regarding the 2020 Bee Meadow Swim Team Season

In an abundance of caution and in light of the far-reaching impact of COVID-19, Hanover Township Recreation is canceling the Bee Meadow Pool Swim Team for the 2020 season. This was not an easy decision and was done in consideration for the health of the swimmers, parents, coaches, and spectators who support the Bee Meadow Pool Swim Team. At this point in time, we are planning on opening the Bee Meadow Pool on or about July 1, 2020. However, we still do not know if we will in fact be opening. This is dependent upon the Governor’s upcoming recommendations and the number of members who register for the pool.

  • The Bee Meadow Pool Swim Team usually begins registrations now, holds rusty swimmer clinics, tryouts and practices in early June, and has a season that lasts from mid-June to the end of July. With a projected opening of July 1, 2020 there is not enough “pool time” available to get the team selected, have practices, and run the full schedule of meets.
  • The Swim Association in which the team competes does not have a firm schedule in place for 2020 nor are there guidelines in place for revamping swim meet requirements. As currently organized, swim meets are not conducive to meeting the social distancing requirements.
  • By bringing teams from other towns into the Bee Meadow Pool, Hanover Township Recreation assumes responsibilities for not only Township residents but those from other areas.

Although many families will be disappointed by this decision, remember that it is a temporary one. Like our Swim Team Parent Board, we are already looking forward to the 2021 swimming season!

If you have any questions, please contact me: dbrennan@hanovertownship.com or call the Recreation Department at 973-428-2463.

Thank you for your understanding. Stay healthy!

Denise M. Brennan, Superintendent of Recreation & Parks Administration

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