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Where's Our Public Pool? Tarrytown Residents Ask

We are covered in sweat with not even a sprayground in site. Residents wonder about the Aquatic Center they were once promised from Hudson Harbor.

 

I've been getting many versions of one question as the heat escalates lately: where oh where is that Tarrytown Aquatic Center residents were once promised?

Good question, no real answer.

While Sleepy Hollow residents can pay a per diem rate (or shell out some for a membership) at the Mt. Pleasant pool, there is no such option for the sweaty folks of Tarrytown—narry a sprayground! And is pricey for most at over $1,000 a season.

Back in 2004 when was known as Ferry Landing and big things on the waterfront were first getting approved, there was the original document with a provision whereby the development would give Tarrytown an "aquatic and recreation center." That was February 28, 2004 to be exact, said Village Administrator Mike Blau. Then there was an amended agreement several years later: February 7, 2006, still with an aquatic/rec center in the agreement.

So it's there in writing and always has been but even now with the and the park off limits for the summer, there's no public pool as payoff. A few years down the road maybe? Blau couldn't estimate.

“We've had many many conversations about that along the way with Hudson Harbor and it's just a financial downturn situation,” Blau said. The development was slowed right along with the economy, but one wonders with the Carriage Houses now full steam ahead and a to the Stone Lodge in the fall, if there's any hope of getting this going.

Paul Janos, former Tarrytown Mayor, whose name is actually still on a sign in the Pierson Park parking lot from the 1980s, is the sales manger for the ever-growing development but he could not yet be reached for comment. 

“We are waiting for some documentation from them and we'll sit down and talk again, with the pool being one of the items,” Blau said.

What the pool will be like or how it will be run or how much it would cost for residents to use is all too far down the road to think about now, said Blau. What we do know is that it's slated to sit where the recreation department now is. The offices there would move temporarily to the old police headquarters (on Franklin street) and move into the Aquatic Center building when it's complete. The work would take about a year and a half, Blau estimated. The pool would be an indoor one, but one presumes there would at least be nice windows to enjoy the view. (By the way, there is a sprayground in the plans for the Pierson rehab underway, said Rec Director Joe Arduino.)

Meanwhile, Patch readers on Facebook are talking swimming options or the lack thereof:

Rick Reimundez:

As a Tarrytown resident, it doesn't matter how much I cough up. I can't go to the Mt. Pleasant Pool.. Greenburgh's pool in Ardsley on Ashford Avenue isn't available to village residents (only unincorporated parts of the town of Greenburgh can get access).. So that just leaves the county options. Really can't wait until we have an option for Tarrytown residents - even if it requires a nominal fee. $1,300+ membership to the Crest Pool doesn't count as nominal.

Louise D'Alessandro:

I remember when we swam at Kingsland Point Beach and park -- when the water was clean (before mfg companies polluted it with their waste). There was a raft to swim out to and always a beautiful lifeguard to watch over us and to flirt with! We had a big covered pavillion in the park with a juke box where we all congregated on summer evenings and socialized and danced. What wonderful times -what great memories. How many of you fished off yellow rocks? My dad taught me to cast and to bait my own hook!!! Magical times that formed wonderful lifetime memories.

And I can speak on behalf of my 95-year-old neighbor Helen Manca who fondly recalls swimming in the Hudson, floating garbage and all (she thinks it was dirtier then; I think Riverkeeper would agree). “We were kids,” she said. She is not on Facebook.

Things were different then, or maybe just people were.

Join the Facebook conversation on public swimming or its lack here or weigh in below in the comments.

DeeplyConcernedabout T-town July 03, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Again, the village administration ( both the trustees & administrator and the planning board) have failed the residents. There should have been specific language to cover this. Promises are one thing, but with an open ended commitment....why bother to do anything! Funny how Paul Janos, who was the mayor, now works for the company. Tarrytown rushed to get this project, and now we sit and wait for a pool...." a few years down the road".
DF July 03, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Thank you Krista, for bringing this topic back to the Patch. As a new resident to Tarrytown, I really believe this is a topic which should be a priority to the local community. I grew up in Hastings which has has an outdoor public pool. It is the heart of the community in the summer season, with its swim team, lessons, day camp activities, and movie nights. Its a reasonably priced activity for families that may not be able to get away in these tough economic times. My family recently cycled the northern trail to Briarcliff, and I was very impressed with it's facility. Tarrytown already has a number of indoor pool options. The YMCA, the JCC and the EF school all have pools currently or in the works. Imagine the draw an outdoor pool would have to the community, especially if it was located on the site slated for the indoor center. This would be a boost to the community and property values. Surely the high end condos do not want the noise of children enjoying themselves across the street, so lets put in tennis courts that hardly will get used! We should dedicate the money that is earmarked for in indoor aquatic center to a project that helps the entire community. And why not welcome Sleepy Hollow residents, its one community to most of us anyway...
Gerard F Bushel July 03, 2012 at 01:17 PM
What happened to the YMCA, is that not available anymore? Also, I used to use the Pool at (Marymount)? or Croton point, drive to the rocky beach in CT, or Jone's Beach. There are also other Public Pools available through Westchester Couinty. Our villiages can't afford what we have now. The costs alone of living in the two villiages is skyrocketting. I wouldn't even be considering a membership in pool, or even the village operating their own pool for the few months of summer we have.
Krista Madsen (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Yes, the Y of course is available but with a membership - although the prices there are great. I think an outdoor pool is the dream but not happening here! Someone else mentioned the EF pool as well - is that open to the public?
michael July 03, 2012 at 03:22 PM
ONCE AGAIN THE TARRYTOWN ADMINISTRATION FAILED!! this all construction project should be stopped until a decision is made by the developper to build the aquatic center he pronised , period !!!
John Anderson July 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I think back in the 70's the Hudson was actually more polluted than now. Remember the lockers and showers at Kingsland Point? No sunscreen back then, ugh. I remember seeing some pictures in a Tarrytown history book with hundreds of people on the beach back in the 30's or 40's. The walk to yellowrock beside the tracks was almost as exciting as walking to WI when I missed the morning school bus. For some reason, there was, and I think still is, some good fishing there.
wanda July 03, 2012 at 04:17 PM
“We are waiting for some documentation from them and we'll sit down and talk again, with the pool being one of the items,” Blau said. The Hudson Harbor residents are enjoying thier new pool .Same old BS. They have over build and gotten away with everything. when its done it will be too late. The only "P" in the pool is" POLITICS".
Craig Allan July 03, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Is Tarrytown the only River Town without a pool? Why do Tarrytown residents not have access to the Greenburgh pool? Sleepy Hollow residents have access to Mt. Pleasant. A place to swim in the heat should be a right not a privilege. Why not clean up Upper Lake (drain & dredge). Put in a sandy beach, a larger dock and a pontoon with a life guard chairs. Park and Recreation could manage the facility (much like the Winter Ice Skating) with locally trained summer Life Guards (Tarrytown YMCA), which would provides jobs for some local High School graduates for the summer. I would hazard a guess that swimming in the Lakes is a lot cleaner than swimming in the Hudson? Please join the FaceBook groups “Tarrytown Lakes”, and “Swim the Tarrytown Lakes”.
Krista Madsen (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Thank you Craig, I would LOVE to have the lakes accessible while my kids are still kids.
Krista Madsen (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Lake restoration article from Jan 2010 with brief aside of hope of swimming someday. http://patch.com/A-gQQ
joy July 03, 2012 at 08:24 PM
This would be fantastic.
wanda July 03, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Never going to happen,might DISTURB a DUCK,GUPPY or TURTLE. The only thing going green is the village taxes. All we are swimming in is debt
DeeplyConcernedabout T-town July 03, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Wishful thinking to have swimming at the lakes. Cost would be out of site. The village cannot keep the area clean now. Garbage & litter abound along with the weedds & beer cans.
Heron July 03, 2012 at 11:29 PM
When we moved to Tarrytown in 1988, I heard that the reason that Tarrytown didn't have a pool was that Pilla was the Mayor and he was a member of the Crest. They said that if Tarrytown wanted to use the Greenburgh Pool we would have to pay an extra recreation tax, which many people were opposed to because they were all members of the Crest. This is what we were told and was not based on anything official. The Pillas were huge Crest Pool fans.
Heron July 03, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Also - at the time - we were told, "It's better to have a members-only pool, because who would want to swim with the rif-raff of Tarrytown?" I will never forget that.
True Believer July 05, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Sure Cotter is giving us the pool, but who is maintaining it? do any of you realize the cost that goes into that? you think your taxes are out of sight now? just wait. If you want to swim, join the Y, the Crest or the EF pool All options! Not to mention how unsightly a big dome is going to look in the middle of our waterfront. I too swam the Hudson at Kingsland Point as a youngster!! It was great!
Gregg G July 07, 2012 at 11:23 AM
If you think your taxes are high now, wait until a pool comes to town. The cost of insurance alone make this a cost prohibitive project. It will be a liability headache. Writing this on what may prove to be the hottest day in a long time makes me want to jump in my air conditioned car and head straight to the Atlantic Ocean. The Hudson River is for certain much cleaner than it was years ago an sWimming off of Yellow Rocks and waterskiing in the shadow of Indian Point 30 years ago hasn't turned this boy green yet. As for the Tarrytown Lakes, let's hope it gets cold enough to skate on them again and lets make sure all of the fishermen and women have licenses to fish and do not leave their trash and that the kayak company is paying enough money to the town that is in line with the fees that are charged to actually get in one of those kayaks.

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