Phase one of the upgrade plans include a new "speed" water slide, reconstruction of the existing water slide tower, and a spray park and sitting area near the kiddie pool. Phase two of the upgrades will include the construction of a new building for offices, locker rooms and bathrooms to replace the existing structure.
"I had mentioned my concerns before about the scope of the project including sprinklers and some of the other additions, which are in my opinion more than is necessary," said Councilwoman and State Assembly-elect Nancy Pinkin during the meeting, adding that the improvements aren't cost effective in her opinion.In total, both phases of the upgrade plan are expected to cost between $2.5 million to $3 million. Because Crystal Springs is funded by membership fees, the improvements will not have any impact on taxpayers or the municipal budget.
Also included in the improvements are restoration work to the existing slides, pool resurfacing and safety pad repairs. The last time the park saw improvements was in 1997.
Pinkin cast the lone vote against the $1.5 million bond for phase one of the project, while other council members said they felt the upgrade plan is important to keep Crystal Springs as a centerpiece in the township.
"(The improvements) add to the luster East Brunswick holds as a place for residency in Middlesex County," said Council Vice President Camille Ferraro during the meeting.