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Tallman Pool Set to Open After Seven Year Dry Spell

Tallman Pool Set to Open After Seven Year Dry Spell

After seven years closed, Tallman Mountain State Park pool in Sparkill is set to open on Memorial Day, according to lohud.com.

Last December, Billy Procida's Tallman Beach and Pool Club LLC signed a 20-year lease with the Palisades Interstate Park Commission to reopen and manage the two pools (one main pool and one kiddie pool). Since then, around $750,000 has been spent to renovate the facility, which was built in the 1930s. Some of the improvements include installing new pumps and filters for the main and kiddie pools, creating a space for an outdoor kitchen and bar, building a 200-foot retaining wall and landscaping the property to accentuate the Hudson River vista, adding more than 6,000 square feet of beach, and redoing the locker rooms.

The club has been selling memberships starting at $600, but $10 day passes will also be available, making it Orangetown's first public swimming spot since the park commission closed Tallman in 2009. Procida said 175 memberships had been sold and he would cap the number at 200.

"It's never easy to mix the concept of membership but we couldn't open without the members," Procida said. "Without the members we couldn't do anything."

And residents are excited to join. "I am really excited," said Chris Smith, who bought a family membership with his wife. "I have watched the transformation on social media via the pictures they post. There is some buzz around the community."

Jonathan Satin of Piermont, wife, Kim, and daughters Cameron and Hudson joined in February. His mother, also of Piermont, signed up as well.

"We have never belonged to a pool club before but thought this would be a great opportunity to meet new locals and enjoy cool amenities like music, yoga and comfort food," Satin said. "We visited the construction site a few months ago and it looks like it is going to be a home run."

Still, Procida is cautiously optimistic about the pool’s future. "I haven't pulled it off until the day it opens," he said, citing the certificate of occupancy and other punch-list items that still were unfinished. "Then you have the satisfaction of the customer to deal with. Pulling it off will be Labor Day, when everybody had a great season and wants to re-up, that's when you're done."

Tallman officially opens May 28 for members (pending final state approvals); early June for day visitors. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/tallmanpool.

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