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Reinventing Verona: The Pool Survey


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In its 40+ years of existence, the Verona Pool has been through several makeovers. It has added a gazebo and a giant double water slide, and lost a high dive. It has gotten Wi-Fi and better handicap accessibility.

But as we reported from poolside last season, some of you told MyVeronaNJ that you would like to see other changes at the Verona Pool. You wanted heat to blunt the shock of the water temperature in early June, you wanted help with parking or ordering food. You wanted lounge chairs so you didn’t have to schlep your own. You wanted different opening hours or a longer pool season. So this week’s Reinventing Verona survey asks you how you would reinvent the Verona Pool for the 21st century.

Reinventing Verona is a series that we started last month to see how our readers live in Verona now. We’ve quizzed you about your dining habits, kids activities and remodeling plans. Later today, we’ll have a preview of the interesting results of our food survey, which is closed. (You can still weigh in on the kids’ activities survey and the remodeling survey.)

But now, with the opening of the 2011 Verona Pool season just a little more than a week away, it’s time to dive into your views on summer in Verona. Click here to take the Verona Pool survey.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


  1. Definately, white lounge chairs… Mom’s week at the pool, extend closing until the second week of September, give moms a chance to go in peace the week the kids return to school. (We don’t need guards or food, just time alone). More games for the kids to play such as knock hockey.

  2. I remember the day VCP opened…the fence was not completely up around the pool…..the rolls of fencing were still laying in the ground waiting to be put up…..I grew up with the pool…swim team….adult and kids splash parties….I was a life guard one summer after graduating VHS….my memories of the pool growing up as well as my two daughters growing up with the pool are wonderful…..they were on the swim team as we spent many summers driving from meet to meet as well as meets at VCP…I would even take the kids up to the pool on rainy days just to keep them outside and be with their friends…..all this “white chairs….no high dive…my girls were so excited to finally get the courage to jump off the high dive….what happened….my younger daughter now 30 years old held up the entire line for the high dive for a half hour until she got the nerve to jump….yeaaaaaa…..a slide is in now…for what…it is not a water park it is the Verona Pool…go back to the days when it was just a pool and a place to spend the Verona summers rela
    xing and watching your kids learn how to swim and play with their friends…..it is really ashame all this fancy stuff is wanted….go back to basics…..fun…..family time…..not wanting the pool to stay open after the kids go back to school so moms can have peace and quiet…your children grow up very fast….enjoy the craziness…..I grew up in Verona 1960 until the mid 1990’s…..my children did also…I am very honored to have grown up in Verona, N.J.


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