Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club pool to get upgrades

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Senator Dave Wilson stands with Paul Dorey of the Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club

The Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club recently announced that the Richard M. Johnson Aquatic Center pool would be getting some upgrades, thanks to funding provided by the state bond bill. The upgrades will require the pool to be shut down for approximately one month.

“The old pool lighting has been replaced with LED lighting,” Paul Dorey, Executive Director of the club, said. “The old rubber pool decking is being removed, the deck is being re-leveled for adequate draining and a new layer of no-slip epoxy is being applied for a full surface rehab.”

Dorey explained that, during the winter, up to 500 individuals use the pool in the aquatic center each week.

“This is the only year round aquatic facility in Milford,” Dorey said. “It’s heated to 83 degrees which is not only ideal for swim teams and exercise, but it also allows for year round swim lessons and recreation. We offer swim lessons, open swim, swim teams, lifeguard certifications and rentals.”

The aquatic center includes a six-lane, 25 yard pool complete with competitive starting blocks and a timing system. The shallow end is three-and-a-half feet while the deep end is seven feet. The facility also includes locker rooms and showers that are handicap accessible. There is also a ramp and water safe wheelchair in the pool. Members may also use the club’s kickboards, foam barbells and pull buoys. Lap lanes are for continuous lap swimming only with other forms of aquatic exercise available in other areas of the pool.

The Boys and Girls Club also sponsors a swim team with two subdivisions. The Mako Swim Club and the Sussex Community Swim Team offer two competitive options. The Sussex Community Swim Team Makos are a seasonal community team. Both divisions compete side-by-side all summer and winter while the Mako Swim Club swimmers also attend USA sanctioned meets throughout the year across the region. More information on the swim team can be found by emailing [email protected].


For more information on pool and club membership, contact the Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club at 302-422-4453 or visit

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