Written by Bernard FitzGerald, Jr., Editorial@Antonnews.com Friday, 21 June 2013 00:00
The Manorhaven Pool opened for the season on Saturday, June 15 at 11a.m., with a smaller crowd than in past years and mixed reviews. The beautiful pool, which underwent a $12 million renovation before the summer of 2011, looks like a resort at a five diamond hotel with water-flowing palm trees, professional landscaping, and a great slide for children. The pool is very clean, very safe, and lots of fun for young children. It offers families with young children a place to cool off and a place to play it has a great slide and a number of child-friendly amenities that include bucket-type water fountains to play in. Awnings and chaise lounges are on the pool deck to provide shade for patrons.
Yet, not everyone is a fan. “Manorhaven Pool is great for kids but lousy for adults” said Stephen Greenberg, who was with his young son John wading in the pool. “Adults cannot swim here; the pool is too shallow,” added Greenberg. “Manorhaven Pool is a great place for my 4 year old son, but my 14 year old daughter hates the place,” said Mona Kronfeld.“We love the new Manorhaven Pool. This will be our third season with a family membership,” said Selena Stapler, who was enjoying the pool on Saturday with her young sons Brandon and Daniel. “Both of my sons love the slide,” added Stapler.
“Regretfully this is not a place to swim. The pool is too shallow for swimming,” said John Knoebel, who has enjoyed swimming at the Manorhaven Pool for decades before the renovation. “I had learned to swim here when I was a kid and the pool had been packed with people of all ages and all walks of life and now I see a few young families here and none of the old gang,” said Knoebel.
Some senior citizens, including Joe Ammirati, love the new Manorhaven pool. “The pool is well managed, staff are accommodating and the place is clean - and I love the cool spray of water in my face from the palm tree fountains when the breeze blows this way that is is refreshing”.
After the multimillion dollar renovation, pool supporters expected a large crowd but instead saw a smaller turnout than in the past last weekend. The pool is for residents of the Town of North Hempstead only. The pool is run by Kevin Hawkins, Town of North Hempstead Recreation Supervisor. Hawkins explained that the pool is 100 percent accessible for disabled people; it is in full compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. “Upon request, we will use our chair lift to help a disabled swimmer into the pool and we are happy to help,” explained Hawkins.
One physically disabled swimmer, Thomas Small, was less than impressed with Manorhaven Pool. “It is impossible to swim in 90 percent of this pool because it is too shallow with the exception of just three lanes that are on the far end of the pool and those lanes are too shallow. I was hitting my affected leg on the pool floor because it is not deep enough. The three swimming lanes could not be located farther from the handicapped parking spaces. It is a long walk for me,” added Small.
Pool hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily from June 15 through August 18. Pool hours will be 11a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from August 19 through September 2. “I cannot get off of the Long Island Rail Road at 6 p.m. and be here to swim by 7 p.m.; that won’t work for me” said Robert Wheeler. “August is a very hot month and I need the pool to be opened until 9pm in August if I am to swim,” added Wheeler.
On Saturday, Joe Russo sat on Manorhaven Beach looking in at Manorhaven Pool that he can not afford to swim at because he feels that the rates are too high “We feel that the admission fees are too high. Times are tough, money is tight, and we do not have the funds for the pool this year and so we walked in and are enjoying Manorhaven Beach instead of the pool,” he said.
For more information about Manorhaven Pool, call 869-6311 or contact the Town of North Hempstead at 311 system or visit the pool and ask for Kevin Hawkins.