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Thursday, May 7, 2015

City revs up for summer


Despite the distractions of the forensic audit of past recreation finances currently under way, Plainfield's Division of Parks & Recreation is on target to open one of its three public pools on Memorial Day weekend, according to Superintendent Veronica Taylor.

"Mayor Mapp is absolutely committed to giving our youth appropriate summer recreational opportunities in a timely fashion," Taylor said, "and we are moving heaven and earth to have the earliest pool opening ever".

The Division of Public Works works in tandem with Recreation to see that the city's physical facilities are tip-top for the summer season.

As part of its spring routines, Superintendent of Public Works John Louise reports that aeration, seeding and chemical treatments have been completed on all the city's sports fields and that the resurfacing of the pool at Seidler Field is under way and will be completed in time for the season's opening.

He also noted that bathrooms have been upgraded at three sites: Seidler Field, and Hannah Atkins and Mathewson Playgrounds.

Summer also means jobs for the city's young people, and Plainfield Action Services has announced that applications for the annual Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) are now available.

Young people between the ages of 14 and 21 who are Plainfield residents are eligible to apply for the limited number of positions.

Those interested should pick up an application form at Plainfield Action Services, City Hall Annex (first floor), 510 Watchung Avenue. For more information, call (908) 753-3519. The deadline for applying is June 1.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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