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Wolfe Park Pool Should Re-Open Friday Morning

The pool had to be closed on Thursday due to overuse over the weekend.

Hot weather and swimmers slathered in suntan lotion and sun block caused the chemical levels at the Wolfe Park pool to fall out of whack over a busy weekend, according to Parks & Recreation Dir. Frank Cooper. He closed the pool on Thursday for a "significant" shock treatment to add chlorination to the water.

Cooper said the pool should be open again on Friday.

"We had the same problem on Tuesday, but I thought it would clear itself up," he said. "Then the Fourth of July pushed it over the edge."

Friday's pool hours are from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

MonroeM July 05, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Me thinks someone peed in it
Carl Kolchak July 05, 2012 at 11:26 PM
It must be very difficult to keep those chemical levels just right when the usage of the pool fluctuates so drastically. Anyone who has ever owned a pool knows it doesn't take much to knock the levels way off. Can't add chlorine in the middle of the day with swimmers in the pool. right?
Annie N July 06, 2012 at 01:21 AM
We haven't used the pool in a few years but didn't the hours used to be until 9:00 PM? we loved going down to have a late picnic dinner and then a dip in the pool.
sal July 06, 2012 at 10:50 AM
If the problem is overuse, why do we allow out of town summer camps to bus kids in to use the pool? I was there the other day and a bus with kids from three different TUTOR-TIME summer camps arrived. They were from one "camp" in Monroe and two from Trumbull.
barbara July 06, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Yes, there have been times where we have had to leave because the pool was overcrowded with out of town campers. It is not fair to the tax-paying residents of our own town.
MonroeM July 06, 2012 at 12:39 PM
So true, I have a pool and with all this extreme heat the chlorine vanishes within hours. Tuesday my chlorine levels were fine and Wednesday when I checked the water, the chlorine was non existent ..
barbara July 06, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I read long ago that the park property was left to the town by the Wolfe family, under the stipulation that the park be open to out of town residents. I'm just wondering if there can't be some sort of restrictions put in place so that large numbers don't arrive all at once.
Sadie July 06, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Monroe is not a gated, elitist community. Take the town public pool for what it is, a local gathering place. It seems awfully selfish and priviledged to complain that some camp kids crowd the pool on a hot day. Townspeople and out-of-towners pay a fee to visit the pool; it's not exclusive to Monroe citizens. A private club would provide a less populated pool, but this inclusive facility will be more crowded--that's part of its charm.
Tman July 06, 2012 at 07:47 PM
We might have to let out of towners in but can't we charge them to park ? that would discourage quite a few
Walt July 06, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Snobroe
Karen Woodford July 06, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Jon is right, we did take federal money, which is why it is open to everyone for a fee. What I can't believe is the way it has continually risen in costs to residents. Is there actually a certain percentage ratio that we must maintain for resident fees to non-resident fees? I don't know that, perhaps Jon does. Listen, yes, there are a lot of white residents here. Nobody is talking about race, they are just referring to the crowded conditions at the pool. Are pool and park fees dedicated to the improvement and enhancement of the pool and park, or does it go to the general town budget? Again, I don't know. BUT, I do know the fees are pretty high and now Monroe seniors have to pay, whereas they used to be free. Why is that? We should let them in for free. There used to be a free swimming pond in Monroe until the septic systems from all the development around it leached into it. It was across the street from Great Hollow Lake. YES, FREE. It was perfect for young families to take their kids to play in the sand and swim. It was small, but a great resource. I do think the fees are out of control for what you get. It ISN'T a private country club pool, for sure. So the prices should be reasonable. IF it's being funneled back into the enhancement or improvement of the park, I would be okay with it. Just not sure. And seniors should be free for sure.
Annie N July 07, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Hi Karen, I'm pretty sure the non-resident fee can only be 2x the resident rate because of the federal funding we received. We don't buy pool passes anymore because the kids have lost interest as they've gotten older PLUS the costs have gone up so much.
Fed Up July 07, 2012 at 04:32 PM
A town pool that doesn’t work for the town. Just another thing wrong with Monroe. High taxes, no sewers or highway access to allow for any meaningful economic development, ugly strip malls, traffic, bad roads, school closings and declining home values; who would ever want to move here? And there is no way to make it better because we have a ineffective self important town government that is almost entirely made up of old guard individuals that only know how to stroke their own egos. If you ever want to have a good laugh, go to a town council meeting and watch a super majority of Republicans spending all energy propping up their clueless leader, the TOTALLY unqualified former liquor salesman Vavrek.
Carl Kolchak July 07, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Shelton's mill rate is much lower, and they have absolutely no political bickering over there. Can we help you pack?
Karen Woodford July 07, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Dear Fed Up... don't be mean. Serve on a local board or committee in an unpaid capacity and try to make the town better. God knows I have done that for a number of years. And what does it matter what the selectman's former job was? That's not a dis-qualifier. What the heck??!! Abraham Lincoln was a store clerk at one point. A lot of things have gotten better. Okay, here is the scoop on the pool, after checking. The cost of chemicals, upkeep, and minimum wages paid to pool attendants have all gone up. The fees do go back into the maintenance of the pool, but more is needed, apparently it doesn't cover what is needed to keep it all going. Seniors are now charged because if you offer it to seniors for free, then out of town seniors can also come for free, and bring their grandchildren, pumping up the number of out of towners. The pool already has capacity issues because the townspeople wanted a SMALLER version than the original increased size due to costs, so we have what we asked for. If we didn't raise the prices then more would come, making it harder for Monroe citizens to get access than it already is. I love Monroe, but thanks for the offer, Carl. I care enough about it to try to make it better. Fed up, try to be nice. If your MOTHER was reading this, would she be proud of you?
LilMissSunshine July 08, 2012 at 01:28 AM
What I can't believe is how selfish all of you sound right now. Do residents of Monroe not overcrowd beaches in Milford, Fairfield, and beyond that are "public use"? Do residents of Monroe not use pools in other towns as well? Go to places not governed by Monroe? Here's the deal... don't be snobby. It's hot as all hell right now, if you don't like the over crowded pool go elsewhere!
Karen Woodford July 09, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Silver Sands in Milford is free, but you can also hike it down to Walnut. It is really hot out, and it doesn't bother me that people from other towns use it. The pool is kind of small for the numbers. That's all. Not being snobby. Stay cool, everyone. And keep thinking about how to make Monroe better. Wolfe Park is a wonderful asset to have, no matter what.
Alex July 09, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Honestly I've never used a pool in another town. I certainly go to beaches, but usually the only beach in this area I'd go to is Hammonassett which is a state beach and I pay to go there (both in parking fees and taxes). Last I checked the fees for the pool are what $30 for residents for the entire season? Even if it was a little more then that, it still sounds pretty reasonable to me, and if that doesn't pay for the maintenance then it may be necessary to raise it. I think it's pretty logical that pool fees should cover the cost of the pool, no? Seems like this whole issue is just silly.
jim laguardia July 09, 2012 at 02:56 PM
the problem is not "out of towners" per say but the out of towners who come in huge groups and have no regard for the rules, letting their toddlers and young children go in with just underwear or shorts and when they are told it is not allowed gather together to form a wall of bodies around the offenders and ignore the lifeguards

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