Closures and Cancellations
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Babylon unfortunately was forced to modify or cancel many of the the original plans that were made for the 2020 summer season, as well as close facilities that may usually be open at this time of year. Please see below for information regarding these closures and cancellations.
Pools and Spray Parks
The Babylon Town Board has announced that the town’s five pool and three spray park facilities will remain closed for the summer of 2020 due to concerns about COVID-19. View the official report that includes a letter from the Town Board and information about individual facilities.
Concerns about social distancing, a lack of face masks in and around the water and staffing issues were some of the main issues discussed by the Board and the town’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The facilities that will not open are as follow:
Anthony Sanchez Memorial Pool (referred to as Sawyer Pool in document)
Fabio Buttitta Memorial Pool (referred to as Deer Park Pool in document)
North Amityville Pool
North Lindenhurst Pool
Phelps Lane Pool
Geiger Spray Park
Venetian Shores Spray Park
Tanner Spray Park
We thank you for your patience and understanding making this difficult decision. The health of our residents remains our number one concern and the chief guiding force in our decision making.
After careful consideration with our Parks and Recreation Department, the Town of Babylon made the decision to not carry out our normal summer day camp program this year. With many unknowns about how COVID-19 affects children, one thing is for certain: children can carry and transmit the virus.
With that in mind, we know that there is no way to guarantee the safety of our campers, employees and their families amid the spread of this virus. Our chief concern is keeping the public safe from this deadly virus. Giving it the opportunity to spread through a town-sanctioned function would do just the opposite.
Please see below for a breakdown of the various difficulties created by COVID-19 as they pertain to running our day camp issue.
In a normal year, we employ roughly 85 total staff members, including camp directors, specialty counselors and group counselors. In order to properly run the program this year in coordination with New York State social distancing guidelines, we would need to employ over 100 staff despite the fewer children registered (more on that in the next section).
At this time, we have less than 20 returning counselors from last year. With many of these employees high school and college age, their parents have expressed concern about their children’s safety, and have withdrawn their application or asked for it to be deferred to 2021.
Without the proper staffing, there is no way to provide a safe or enjoyable experience for campers.
Due to New York State guidance, the town program would need to cut registration almost in half. With fewer campers in smaller groups, the normal summer day camp experience would not be the same for our campers.
In addition to not offering day camps, we have decided to keep our pool and spray park facilities closed this summer (see above). Our normal day camp program consists of many hours of pool and other water-based activities each week. Without pool access, our Parks and Recreation Department does not believe that they would be able to come up with socially-distanced and safe alternatives to keep campers engaged.
While day camps are not being offered this year, the Parks and Recreation Department does have certain programs available for our children to take part in this summer. Please see this page for details.