Due to the upcoming renovations to the Baird Community Center, the Township of South Orange Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs will be making the following relocations at the end of June.
Starting July 1st, all customer service staff for the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs will be located at the South Orange Community Pool seven days a week during Pool operating hours to assist residents with Recreation Department related business. Pool public hours are 12 pm to 8 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am to 8 pm Saturday and Sunday. The pool is located within the Cameron Field complex, across from The Baird, at 5 Mead Street. The most convenient parking location to access the pool office is the lot behind the South Orange Middle School located at 70 North Ridgewood Road.
Residents can also access all activity registrations and other business online at www.southorange.org under the Recreation & Cultural Affairs page. There are no fees for online transactions.
Beginning July 1, the Baird will no longer operate nights and weekends. The building will be open during normal Village business hours, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, for the business operation of the Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs and South Orange Parking Authority. Both business offices will be relocated to 298 Walton Avenue in August.
The Village is proceeding with plans to completely renovate the entire Baird Community Center. The improvements at the Baird will include a roof replacement, repairs and restoration of the building exterior, including the replacement of the 2nd story porch, and a complete renovation of community center interior. The plans also include the addition of a two-story field house that will house a gymnasium. The reconstruction of the Baird is anticipated to take 2 years.