If Sunk, What's to Replace Swim Club?

A sale would mean that only a recreational facility could take its place.

While officials have said that the sale of the is not a sure thing, an ordinance authorizing its sale has been introduced and rumors about what will end up on the site are swirling.

One rumor of an ice rink taking the club’s place was debunked in January. Another of a residential development taking residence on the site was squelched.

The truth: Should the township-owned club end up being sold at public auction, , according to the ordinance, to allow for recreational use only on the site.

Still, a contingent of to save the club from that drowning fate. But, while officials have said they welcome their ideas and any offer to buy the club, no answer that has presented as feasible to them has surfaced yet.

There is a Facebook site dedicated to the cause of saving the club, aptly dubbed Save the Middletown Swim and Tennis Club. It now has 218 “likes.”

A statement on the page says, in part,

“… noting with just 10 years left on the bond service, the annual payment will reduce by $100,000.00 in just 5 years allowing the Middletown Swim and Tennis Club to run at a surplus of over $150,000 per year with an operating season only 80 days long. This is even before proposed cost-saving and added revenue plans that the SOS committee has prepared. It does not make any sense why the Township of Middletown should make such a hasty and abrupt decision without looking for solutions. The Township has mismanaged the club for the past 3-4 years and instead of taking the steps to correct their mistakes, they are now looking to sweep all of the problems under a rug. How can we let this happen to our community? Aren’t our children, seniors and families worth it?”

So, the Patch-posed question is: If the club ends up being sold, what sort of recreational venue would you like to see take its place? Use your imaginations.

Tell us in the comments section below. And remember that the use must be recreational. So, share your ideas for an alternate or, perhaps, mixed recreational use at the

JJ March 02, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Township indoor swim pool for the schools to utilize for swim team water polo etc. instead of going to other towns for those sports. The size of the lot holds immense potential as a unique zone for the local schools and municipalities. A facility similar to the YMCA... Public yet profitable. Just an alternative idea...
JJ2 March 02, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Instead of a deed restriction why doesn't the town do a land lease on the property and do a payment in lieu of tax type program. Then the township owns the property and controls what goes there forever without having to deal with any issues with the supposed deed restriction. Once the loan is paid off it would be a revenue stream for the township instead of a one-time sale.
Paula Iskenderian Guglielmo March 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Indoor swimming pool for school teams, ice hocky, PLUS U-turn access out of middletown post office.
Sal March 02, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Those people who came before us___our parents and grandparents back in the 1950's and 1960's managed to buy land and find money to build recreational facilities such as the Swim Club from the ground up way back when real estate taxes per home were on average only $500 per year. Yet today with every higher Real Estate taxes__the politicians pull from out pockets each year they cannot even maintain what was already bought and paid for decades ago. Once the Swim Club is gone__it is gone forever and it will never be back. With family incomes going down now and electric and water bills going ever higher in cost____ backyard swimming pools will be something less and less families can afford in the future. Admission to Sandy Hook beach is going up to $20 per car__which also makes the municipal swim club a better value now. If the town really needs to save money___then cut down on the number of councilmen by two positions. Do you know how much compensation the councilmen get???? Why not?
SAP1213 March 02, 2012 at 03:02 PM
When money is tight in households, it's hard to justify a season membership to the club when analyzing a family's budget. I like the idea of indoor facilities. That way, it can be utilized all year round and make a profit all the time and get more attention from those who never found interest in the summer club. Our schools could then use the pools as well. An ice rink would have been nice, but the one in Red Bank is fairly close. I would love to see a rock climbing wall or something different.
Jesse March 02, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Each committee person gets $4000 a year. How much pool club is 8 thousand gonna get ya??
Kelly Corbett Hoffman March 02, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Open a facility that the High Schools could use for there sports. Why should we pay other towns, put the money in our own pockets! Ice rink, swimming pool. Would be great. Than families can also use the facility on off days. Yes, red bank is close but why give them our money.im tired of Middletown having nothing for our students/kids.
Iris Block March 02, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I am with Paula Iskenderian Guglielmo and kelly, we need an indoor swimming pool and an ice rink for our school teams. The post office U-turn would be an excellent plus.
07748 March 02, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I hope Middletown has learned it's lesson and will stay out of what private industry does. If you want an indoor pool or ice rink, let private industry build it. If the Town Center had been approved we would have an ice rink in town as it was part of the project. However our brilliant town fathers denied the project. Many of town committee sitting up there today may not know this because they did not live here then, enough said.
CKL March 03, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I'm with you and the others Iris! The gentleman who is building an aquatic/fitness center on Shafto Road said he has 8 high schools signed up to swim there next year! Nice little income stream.
Lou DeGeorge March 03, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Hmmm makes sense .
Sue Morgan March 05, 2012 at 07:40 AM
We have an ice rink the size of Rockefeller Center's rink here in Avon, a one-mile square town. It's a boondoggle & attractive nuisance that attracts vandals. We'll gladly send it up to Middletown.
muary March 16, 2012 at 02:15 AM
I saw a few men looking at it yesterday morning.


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