Following a six-month repair project, the pool at the John F. Kennedy Recreation and Aquatic Center, 211 W. Kinney St., reopens today, March 27.
“At a time when we are supporting programs to help our citizens to lead more active lifestyles, we are proud to re-open our premier aquatic facility to our residents,” Mayor Cory Booker said. “I urge residents of all ages to take advantage of our recreation facilities, get involved with our Let’s Move! Newark campaign, and live healthier lives.”
During the $50,000 renovation, the pool was drained, damaged tiles were replaced, lighting was upgraded and locker rooms were repainted and cleaned.
The facility will be open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The city’s largest recreation facility, the John F. Kennedy Recreation and Aquatic Center features a multi-purpose exercise room, a regulation size basketball court, a state-of-the-art weight room and an indoor/outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool equipped with a retractable roof. The facility has hosted numerous events, including the 2002 U.S. Youth Games Swimming competition, professional wrestling matches, a variety of exercise classes, amateur boxing bouts, basketball tournaments and other community functions.