b'because of the nature of seasonal usage. waterisThe Fur SalonOncethe running,thepoolisCustom & Ready Madedrainedandpower- StoragewashedofallthealgaeCleaningthatgrowsoveritdur- Glazinging the wintertime. WeAlterationscantdrainourpoolto keepitemptyduring Cold storagethewinterbecauseof our proximity to the riv- Thank you for supporting our business.er. There is a chance that15 VILLAGE PLAZA, SOUTH ORANGE | 973-763-2283the water pressure from underneath could actu-ally push the pool out of the ground. So we have The Maplewood Recreation Department: Nick Walz,to keep water in it to en- Robert is sure it doesnt float out of the ground, Travers Melissa Mancuso and Jamie Miranda. explained.Afterfiringan Absoluteup the pool motors and fixinganyhiccupsthat equipment that needs water will needthe pools. inevitablyacomewithGem.that, its time to fill up to get up and functioning, said Trav- The big pool takesweek and a ers. The offseason takes its toll. Be- half to fill, said Travers. Its 628,000 cause its been off for seven months ingallons of water! So it takes a long time the winter, stuff is always broken. Theto fill up.pool sits for seven months and then allThe big pool in Maplewood takes As first-time of a sudden you flip a switch and it goesfour days to fill up. Once that is done,home buyers, from zero to 100 and works as hard asout come one of the most endearingly itcanforfourtofivemonths.Andodd fixtures of the pool: the cactuses.he listened then it shuts down again. Its taxing onEverywintertheyareremovedfrom any of the systems we have there, justthe patio area and carefully placed in ato our needs, providing us guidance and insight everystep of the way- Dani & IsabelFloat Night at the Maplewood Pool is an annual favorite. Photo by Jamie Meier.feature story /31'