Newtown Swim Club to Close after Next Summer
The club's owner said he has submitted an application to the township to develop the property as housing.
This article was updated at 5:15 p.m. Friday from its original version to include a comment from owner David Platt.
The Newtown Swim Club will be closing its doors, likely by the end of next summer, the club’s owner wrote in an email to members Thursday.
In the email, owner David Platt explained that the club has filed an application with the township to develop the property as housing. “Depending upon the speed of this process, the summer of 2013 will most likely be our last summer operating the Newtown Swim Club and Newtown Day Camp,” the email stated.
Platt told Patch the decision to close the club was "extremely hard" and is due to the fact that he is ill with melanoma.
Platt purchased the swim club in 1983. Since then, “I have poured my heart and soul into every summer," he wrote in the email.
The email goes on to say, "next summer we will celebrate our 30th anniversary and I hope everyone will be here to join us for our last season."
In February, the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors approved plans for the nearby Newtown Athletic Club to construct a resort-style pool complex, which will likely open at the start of summer 2013.
Platt said the addition at the NAC had nothing to do with his decision.