By Stephen E. Lipken
West Harrison residents celebrated the opening of the Ron Belmont Pool Complex at Passidomo Park on Saturday, April 13 with a “Springtacular,” attended by a joyous crowd of children of all ages.
On July 4, 2009 the Town of West Harrison opened a new swimming pool complex, dedicated to then Superintendent of Recreation Ron Belmont. Supervisor/Mayor Stephen Malfitano sparked the idea seven years before, planned by the entire Recreation Staff with then Commissioner of Public Works Robert Wasp as well as Victor Forgione, who did the landscaping.
“We are going to have a spectacular on July 4th, the tenth anniversary of the opening of the pool. It has been a success and we are very proud of this facility,” Belmont proudly exclaimed.
The facility is equipped with a water park, two water slides, diving boards and a concession stand.
The pool site featured a bright yellow Bounce Castle; Merry-go-Round, “Tubs of Fun” bucket ride, inflatable locomotive and station, all from Funtime Amusements.
“We have two boys and they are having lots of fun. We just got here. Bruno’s excited and wants to go on some of the rides. My little guy is already on the Bounce House,” Harrison parent Michael Brown noted. “This is our second year here.”
Assistant Superintendent of Recreation Kristen Ciafone commented, “It is a great day. Everyone came out to enjoy the rides. It turned out to be a beautiful day, the sun is out now. It seems like everyone is having fun. We probably had closer to 175 to 200 people here today and we are handing out decoration cups filled with candy and prizes.”
Resident Recreation ID Cards are mandatory for any persons from kindergarten age and older. For information on how to obtain one, call 914-670-3035.