“It's a prime location for a walking trail or a neighborhood park,” said Cherry Hill Mayor Susan Shin Angulo, discussing the plans the township has for the property where the Kingston Swim Club sits.
The popular neighborhood club opened in 1957, but decades later, it encountered financial problems and is now headed to sheriff’s sale.
Now, by a unanimous township council vote, Cherry Hill will purchase the nearly 4-acre site using open space trust fund dollars.
"I've heard from a great deal of residents and they were worried about the impact of any development on that site. I promised to do everything in power to protect the neighborhood and residents' quality of life,” said Angulo.
Angulo said the township, working with club board members, came up with this solution.
"They were engaged and in contact with us throughout this whole initiative,” she said.
And in light of the pandemic with many people searching for more outdoor space to walk or run, Angulo said having the space is good.
Changes will take place in the upcoming weeks.