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Facility Upgrade Ideas Bubbling at Crystal Springs

An additional water slide, a spray pad, and a new building for locker rooms and bathrooms are proposed.

The township council issued approvals Monday night that will get the ball rolling on a large project to bring upgrades to Crystal Springs.

The park's water slide tower is proposed to be redone, with a third slide added to the structure; a spray pad area is planned for the kiddie pool area; and a brand-new building for offices, locker rooms and bathrooms is planned to replace the current one, said Mike Reissner, Director of Recreation, Parks and Community Services.    

Council president James Wendell said members of the council toured Crystal Springs with Reissner a few weeks back to go over the proposed renovations. 

"The time has come for these improvements," he said. 

The last time the park saw improvements was in 1997, Reissner said.

On Monday, the council approved two resolutions permitting the department to go out for bids for architectural firms and to retain an engineering firm on the project. 

Township administrator James White said the project is still in its early stages, and a price tag is not yet known, but they are looking at a "couple million dollars worth of improvements."

Reissner said the park is funded through membership fees, so the renovations will not come from tax dollars.

Councilwoman Denise Contrino said the park had great worth to the township, and called it one of the "gems of East Brunswick to have something like this in our own town."

Contrino asked Reissner to consider scheduling more "Splash Bash" events, which is an event for East Brunswick youth only, with music, games and entertainment at the park.

The Splash Bash scheduled for July 12 was rained out, and the next and final one of the season is scheduled for July 26. 

Reissner said the Splash Bash events have proved "wildly popular," and the department is looking to expand it for coming seasons. 
Mike Goldstein July 17, 2013 at 07:47 AM
First let me commend the council on putting some much needed improvements into Crystal Springs. As a family that utilizes the facility all throughout the summer Id like to add a few more much needed suggestion to the already great facility and much needed improvements. 1. More shaded/tented areas by pools for people to sit. This is a common almost daily complaint by people who go to Crystal Springs-believe me I know -I hear it everyday. 2.More chairs and lounges. With the high volumes on weekends and Fridays the chairs and lounges are quickly snapped up. We need more. 3. A Slide tower much like the ones being designed throughout all the waterparks- check out the one at Mariott World Orlando and the new one at Keansburgh. Usually has three slides- one super fall like at the Atlantis and two twisting ones with more speed then the current ones. 4. A revamp of the lazy river- making it move a little quicker and be less lazy. 5. One of those large screen blow ups and digital projector for movie nights at the pool in Crystal Springs. Check out the ones they have at hotels and in NYC for the summer movie nights.- To go along with that a large old fashioned popcorn popper. Kids love the movie nights as do the parents- they would be great through this heat wave we are experiencing. Thanks again.
Christopher July 18, 2013 at 02:43 PM
If membership fees are paying for it, go crazy.

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