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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 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 , which will likely open at the start of summer 2013. 

Platt said the addition at the NAC had nothing to do with his decision.

Zach July 06, 2012 at 09:18 PM
This is very sad news... I went to camp and worked at NSC/NDC for 14 years. I learned how to swim under the instruction of the lifeguards as a kid, and I learned the value of working with the campers on a daily basis as a Head Counselor for 5 years. It's a sad day, and I can honestly say from working around all the staff and my supervisors, this is a very sad day for many children who will be without a caring and nurturing summer environment after next summer.
Brian July 06, 2012 at 09:34 PM
For those not interested in the NAC, there is always Brookside Swim and Tennis on Stony Hill Rd, small and member owned. No zip code restrictions.
Andrew July 06, 2012 at 10:36 PM
(Sarcasm mode: on) Finally Newtown Township is going to get some residential housing! A couple hundred more houses and we'll finally have the right mix of commercial and residential zoning that gives a town a real organic community feel that is worlds apart from the characterless wasteland of a commuter bedroom community. I'm always glad to see too that while developers make a tidy profit for themselves building houses, they also make sure to bear the added costs of the new public infrastructure necessary to accommodate the surge in population their developments bring.
Pat July 07, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Thanks for your words, NAC employee "Dan Brown"
Pat July 07, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Karen, wahh. Learn how to reply to comments by hitting reply, then typing.
Pat July 07, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Good eye, Sharon. Good eye.
Pat July 07, 2012 at 05:28 AM
*Kara
Mike L. July 07, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Pat, sounds like you're a disgruntled former NAC employee. Get a life!!
Kimberly Beth July 07, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Dave, have you heard if there are any plans on moving the Barracudas to another pool after NSC closes or will they just dissolve? I'm just wondering.....this is my daughters 1st year swimming with the 'cudas and we are very sad to hear the news about NSC.....
Ed B July 07, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Kara, once again I would like to thank you for all you do for the Newtown Patch. I appreciate all that you report on and news about Newtown. Some of the responses to your reporting on this is wrong. I took your paragraph on NAC as the suggested alternative. Pat, before you respond about being on Patch payroll, Kara's husband or something like that - I just think you need to get a grip.
Kara Seymour July 07, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Thank you Ed B
Pat July 07, 2012 at 02:46 PM
So what am I missing? What does being on Patch payroll or her husband have to do with this article? Are you suggesting that our editor may have some sort of conflict of interest?
Kara Seymour July 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I think he was saying the opposite -- he's neither on Patch payroll nor my husband. If you feel like Patch has some ulterior motive, you are by no means obligated to read. Have a nice day, Pat.
Adam July 07, 2012 at 04:33 PM
It is always sad when a business has to make a decision to close due to the economy or other reasons. The NSC will be missed. But these comments are getting out of hand. People need to get a grip and look at the facts.
Blair July 07, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I agree , it is sad when a business has to make a decision to close. It will be missed by many people in the community. People should not be blaming the NAC for the NSC closing as the NAC is a small private business as well and has the right to offer their members a pool if they would like.
Nikki July 07, 2012 at 04:54 PM
The Newtown Swim Club has been a great contribution to the community over the last three decades. It is unfortunate that it's time has come to an end. However, the families that belonged there will undoubtedly find other alternative venues to swim in throughout the coming summers. Although the NAC may not be for everyone, it does have many great things to offer individuals and families. Those not looking for the lifestyle that the NAC has to offer will certainly find a home at any one of the other local swim clubs in the area.
Dave Fiedler July 07, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I don't live in Newtown, but i see the Podiatrist across the street. The swim club parking always seems full during the summer (daytime during the week). This is really too bad. Active recreation is so lacking today, and here goes another outlet for it. And for what--"housing?" Just my two cents worth, but I really don't think Newtown needs more McMansions. Then again, those that own the swim club, assuming they are already wealthy, well....I guess they need to be even wealthier. Too bad for the community. That's the way of it these days. Profit first; everything and anything else just doesn't matter.
Laura M July 07, 2012 at 04:56 PM
As a NAC member, I am excited for this new addition for myself and family. This addition to my membership will not only provide a safe place for my children to enjoy, but also cost less than joining a swim club, which in these tough economic times, my family cannot afford. That being said, I do wish the owner of NSC the best of luck.
deanna July 07, 2012 at 04:56 PM
As a conservative, I believe in free enterprise and success. Kudos to the Platt's for owning a successful biz for so long and being able to RETIRe when they want! Not a bad gig to get the $$ for the property. AND Kudos to the NAC for continuing to be a successful biz that employs hundreds of people and pays tons in taxes to Newtown Twsp. Free market dictates biz, get over it!!
Ed B July 07, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Pat, i am not suggesting anything at all about Patch or Kara. I am suggesting that you are making ridicules comments here and going on the offensive to many other who post here and Kara. Completely unnecessary and childish. Like Kara said, you don't have to read the patch. I will though.
Man Landers July 07, 2012 at 09:40 PM
That's the thing, Nikki. I don't let a health club define my "lifestyle."
be honest July 08, 2012 at 12:37 AM
@sharon, I didn't find the author to be incompetent and unprofessional...... Your comment is just really rude... and i think you owe Ms. Seymour a apology.... Sharon ,please do Newtown PA a favor and don't move back, there are already too many rude and ignorant people like you in Newtown......
be honest July 08, 2012 at 12:45 AM
@deanna, your comment is dead on ! thank you
Summer July 08, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Village II in New Hope. Best kept secret in the entire area. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Village-II-Pool/105659309487316
Gerard July 08, 2012 at 03:10 PM
There is some very interesting and thought provoking commentary here, everyone should be applauded. Let's not denigrate the process by bickering regarding different views.........everyone will have one. The decision to sell the club to a developer should be respected, I am sure the owners will realize more of an economic benefit via that exit strategy than to try and keep the club going as an operating concern. I too will miss it having been a member there since 2000 and watching my three kids enjoy the facilities. As for the township purchasing it and converting it into a municipal facility............HA! They are broke and cannot meet their future obligations. And empirical data CLEARLY demonstrates that government agencies cannot manage effectively what the private sector can......
Living the Bucks Life July 09, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Just like Frost Watson, Toll Bros is probably involved in this decision to close. An offer they can't refuse. Although not happy with yet another overly compacted neighborhood in Newtown, I too would take the money and run in this economy. I wish David Platt an easy fight and be able to enjoy his future years in peace andrelaxation !
Mar July 11, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Yes, you are right about that house...Worthington bought and left it there to rot as an eyesore for YEARS just to prevent NSC from getting the property. Those of you who say a little competition is a good thing, obviously do not own the NAC.
Mar July 11, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I was a NAC member for close to 20 years and finally had enough... Constantly building, building, building with fees constantly going up, up, up... I don't think they'll be happy until they own all of Newtown. Ugh, no thanks!
the VOICE July 11, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Advocating a tax INCREASE is exactly what U R doing !
the VOICE July 11, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Mr. Platt, I wish U the best, Take care !

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