The 411 On Baristaville Swimming Pools

BY  |  Wednesday, May 11, 2011 8:15am  |  COMMENTS (4)

The weather has been absolutely amazing. Perfect even. But before you know it, the heat will arrive and you’ll want to take a cooling dip in a pool.

No pool in your backyard? Me neither, but I have a wonderful Mother-in-Law just 20 minutes away who has a beautiful pool–with no crowds.

If you want to go swimming a little closer to home, we’ve done some legwork to give you the scoop on the swimming pools. Luckily, there are many choices for taking a dip when the mercury rises.

Here’s a list of public and private pools in our area:

Bradford Bath and Tennis Club
Swim season: Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Hours: Call for info.
Pool Location: Woodstone Drive, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009, 973.746.3108.
What they offer: 3 pools: baby, children’s and adults, 8 tennis courts, restaurant and snack area, and playground.
Cost: Private club so new members must be sponsored by two existing members and go through an interview process. We hear it’s very expensive.  

The Colony Pool

Colony Pool & Tennis Club
Swim season:
Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday beginning 6/25 12 pm – 8 pm. Monday – Friday beginning Thursday 6/27 11 am – 8 pm.
Pool location: 55 School Avenue, Chatham, NJ 07928, 973.635.8112.
What they offer: The pool has a sand bottom, and there is a beach that leads up to the pool’s shore a water slide on site, as well as a snack bar.
Cost:Family Pool membership is $425. nanny fee is $125. Guest fees are $5 on weekdays, $7 on weekends. Children under 3 are free. Each guest is limited to 4 visits per year and must be accompanied by a member.

Diamond Spring Beach Club
Swim season: Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Hours: Mondays 12 pm – 8 pm / Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm.
Pool location:35 Evergreen Avenue, Nutley, NJ, 973.661.3020.
What they offer:Large pool, kiddie pool, cabanas, tables, recreation area, swim lessons, BBQs and more.
Cost: $300 initiation fee. $610 per adult / $395 per child / $395 caregiver / Guest passes $20 M-F / $35 weekends.
Membership Application

Glen Ridge Country Club
Swim season:
Memorial Day to Labor Day
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 10 am – 7:30 pm. Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm.                   
Pool Location: 555 Ridgewood Ave, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028, 973.744.7800.
What they offer:2 baby pools, large adult pool, snack bar, Tiki bar, tennis and golf.
Cost: Private club, new members must be sponsored by an existing member or through the Hospitality Committee. Three levels of membership and price ranges: Regular, House or House Social. We hear it’s all expensive.

GR community pool

Glen Ridge Community Pool
Swim season: Memorial Day to Labor Day
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 am – 7:30 am. Sunday, 11 am – 7:30 pm.
Pool Location: 35 Clark Street, 973.743.2160.
What it offers: Baby pool, toddler pool with big fountains, big kid and adult swimming areas, bathrooms, picnic areas. You can order food, bring stuff from next door Starbuck’s or pack your nibbles.
Cost: Open to residents and non-residents. Non-refundable, one-time initiation fee of $1250 and $625 for seniors.
Yearly seasonal membership fee: Full Family, $ 750 / Couple, $500 / Full Single, $350 / Senior, 10 percent off applicable membership class rate
Caregivers must accompany child(ren) and be at least 16 years of age or older. Cost is in addition to family membership fee of caregiver’s employer, $100
Membership Application

Montclair Public Pools
Swim season: Essex Pool will be open Memorial Day Weekend — May 28, 29, and 30. After which, the Essex Pool with be open every weekend until June 24, when all three township pools –Mountainside, Nishuane, and Essex, will open full time for the 2011 swim season.
Hours: Essex Pool weekend hours will be 12 pm – 7 pm. All other pools open on Monday – Friday from 1 pm – 7 pm and Saturday – Sunday 12 pm – 7  pm.
Pool Locations:
Nishuane Pool: Located in Nishuane Park at the corner of Cedar Avenue and High Street
Essex Pool: Located at 41 Chestnut Street behind Clary Anderson Arena
Mountainside Pool:Located in Mountainside Park on Upper Mountain Avenue across from The Presby Iris Gardens.
What they offer:A way to cool off. There aren’t any bells & whistles at the Montclair pools. No baby pool and no food or snack stands. They are all located next to playgrounds, which is a plus.
Cost: Early Bird rates are listed below and are valid through May 25, after which, a rate increase will apply (new rates to be announced at a later date).
Family permit (1 to 2 adults and children ages 2 -17) $180 / Adult $60 / Child $42 / Senior Citizen $28
Daily fees and guest fees–$12 resident adult / $6 resident child / $18 non-resident (must be with Montclair resident)
Permit Application

Montclair Beach Club
Swim season: Memorial Day to Labor Day
Hours: May 28 and May 30 at 10 am. Starting May 31 on Mondays: 1 pm – 9 pm / All other days: 10 am – 9 pm.
A few late nights sprinkled through the summer for adults and families in which they close at midnight.
Pool Location:725 Grove St, Montclair, NJ 07043, 973.746.6228.
What they offer: A baby pool, kid’s pool with sprinkler, and large pool. Nice food area and playground. Tennis courts next to pools.
Cost: Private club and membership applications are only accepted in October. Call the office for the address and send it in the last week of September. You must have two existing members as references. $350 initiation fee for one family member, plus $150 per additional family member over 2-years-old. Yearly membership fee of $1,300 a year for couple, plus an additional $525 per family member over age 2. Nanny or au-pair costs and additional $400. Guest fees, $20 on Mondays, $25 Tuesday-Friday and $35 on weekends.

Millburn Township Pool
Swim season:
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Hours: Memorial Day through mid-June: weekends only 11 am – 7 pm / mid-June through Labor Day–Monday – Friday 12 pm – 8 pm/  Saturday and Sunday  11 am – 7 pm.
Pool location: Gero Park, 315 White Oak Ridge Rd, Millburn, NJ 07078, 973.376.3822.
What they offer:Pool, Waterslide & Wading Pool with Walk in Entry & Water Umbrella. Pool amenities include a Modern Bathhouse, Family Changing Rooms, Large Shade Gazebo, Shade Trees & Large Shade Umbrellas and Concession Building with shaded seating.
Cost: Residents only. Family membership $260 / Individual $140 / Senior citizen $70 / Child care provider(nanny)  $120

Maplewood Community Pool

Maplewood Community Pool
Swim season:
June 19- September 5.
Hours: Monday – Friday 12 pm – 8 pm / Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 10 am – 8 pm. Various activities are schedule for Wednesday evening.
Pool Location: 187 Boyden Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040, 973.761.6330 ‎.
What they offer:  Three pools, a diving well and 10 meter dive tower to practice diving skills. One training pool and a baby pool. Activities, such as arts & crafts, games, volley ball and water aerobics. A concession stand to purchase snacks and food. Free swimming lessons are provided for children of members only.
Cost: About $300 per family.

The Peter S. Connor Memorial Swimming Pool
Swim season: Opens the weekend of June 18 through Labor Day.
Monday thru Friday:  12 pm – 8 pm (beginning August 15th closing is at 7:30 pm) / Saturday/Sunday: 10  am – 8 pm (beginning August 15th closing is at 7:30 pm) / July 4th: 10  am – 8  pm / Labor Day: 12 pm -6 pm.
Pool location: Cameron Field complex, across from The Baird, 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ.
What they offer:  Along with the pool, Cameron Field includes a regulation baseball diamond, tennis courts, a children’s playground and field sports area. Swim lessons available.
Cost: $145 per family.

West Orange Ginny Duenkel Pool
Swim season:
Weekends beginning May 28 and full time beginning June 25.
Hours: Memorial Day 12  pm – 6 pm / Monday through Thursday  12 pm – 7:30 pm / Fridays 12 pm – 8 pm / Saturdays 10 am – 8 pm /  Sundays  11  am – 8 pm.
Pool Location: 60 1/2 Cherry Street, West Orange, NJ, 07053, 973.325.4085.
What they offer: The facility includes three pools: a large main pool equipped with a safety entrance ramp, a diving tank with a low board and a water slide and a baby pool complete. Other amenities include a snack bar with a spacious eating deck, large lounging areas and a rec center. Trivia–It was also the pool featured in the movie Little Children!.
Cost: Residents only–Individual – $190 / Two members (immediate family) – $270 / Three members (immediate family) – $280 / Four members (immediate family) – $300 / (Add $5 for each additional family member)

Did we leave some out? Tell us in comments. What’s your favorite local swimming hole?

(Photo: Flickr/reggaedori)


  1. POSTED BY Debbie Galant  |  May 11, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    Not that I want y’all there to see me in my bathing suit, but the Colony is fabulous. More like a lake than a pool, with a beach for the kiddies and plenty of trees and shade for whoever wants it. Great for hosting summer parties too.

  2. POSTED BY mtcliving  |  May 11, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    FYI…I believe that Bradford doesn’t allow nannies so one might want to consider that crazy policy before forking over the fees to join!

  3. POSTED BY Kristin  |  June 08, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    I’m probably going to get a Montclair permit, but I’m hesitant because my kids are both still skittish about the water. Also, a friend had her head jumped on while in one of the pools last year. That makes this pseudo-helicopter parent a tad nervous about putting her kids in the pool. I don’t think their necks would handle the top-o-the-head trauma as well.

  4. POSTED BY justadad  |  July 11, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    @mtcliving Bradford only allows members and their guests – there is no special discounted “nanny” membership category – why is that crazy? A club for members only? There are other local options. For sake of argument an individual who was a nanny could join at full rates – there is no prohibition against a person employed as a nanny joining just not any discounts like other places – the club members want to enjoy the pool with other members not people that are hired help – there are babysitters available at the club for those interested – they are comprised of members children – again why is this so crazy and why does it make you angry????

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