By Stephen E. Lipken
The 4th Annual “Springtacular” was held at the entrance of the Ron Belmont Pool Complex, West Harrison on Saturday, April 21, featuring a Bounce Castle; inflatable train and railroad station; Merry-go-Round; along with “Tubs of Fun” ride, buckets circling around on swing arms, all by Funtime Amusements.
In addition, there were hunts for children, conduced by Kristin Ciafone, Assistant Superintendent, Recreation, in which children 3 to 8 years of age gathered rubber/cotton bracelets; rubber “bouncy balls;” magnifying glasses; coloring books; Hershey Kisses; Sour Patch Kids candy and Tootsie Rolls.
“It is wonderful, a gorgeous day where everybody comes out from hibernating an entire winter, getting ready for Spring and Summer,” Harrison Mayor and former Recreation Superintendent Ron Belmont commented. “We are celebrating with all residents of Harrison; youngsters between two and eight are welcome. We have rides and treats for the kids. It’s a great Spring event.”
“It is a fun-filled day for all the kids in our community of Harrison to come out and enjoy our rides and different hunts for different ages. It’s just a fun day for everyone,” Ciafone added.
Lara Gomez, 8 said, “I think this is really a fun place and really cool.” Janine Siragusa, parent of Nina, 5 remarked, “I think it is a wonderful thing that they do this in mid-April so it is a little bit warmer for the children and they separate everything by age groups so all the kids get a chance and opportunity to get something and be a part of such a wonderful community with rides and all. These are great activities for the children and they love it.”
Another parent, Amelita Forbes stated, “It is a fantastic event to get the kids outside after such a long, harsh winter.”
Dedicated on July 4, 2009, the pool, shaped like the Town of Harrison has 6 lap lanes, a zero walk-in/ entry (level entrances); a palm tree that shoots water in the Baby Pool; water slides and water that shoots out as you enter the pool. The maximum number of bathers in the pool are 491; Wading Pool, 49 and Plunge Pool, 33.
To obtain a Recreation ID Card for admittance, call Recreation, 914-670-3035.