Summer is fast approaching and high temperatures are just around the corner. A great place to beat the heat and spend time with your neighbors is at one of Cherry Hill’s many swim clubs. Cherry Hill’s neighborhood swim clubs offer a public meeting place and an affordable way for our families to connect with friends, enjoy quality time together, and keep cool in the summer heat.
I encourage all our residents to visit these neighborhood facilities and experience first-hand all that they have to offer. Our swim clubs are an integral part of Cherry Hill and help make our Township such a special place to live and play. For decades, members of our community and their families have developed lifetime friendships at these neighborhood swim clubs.
Many of Cherry Hill’s thirteen swim clubs will begin their 2012 season on Memorial Day weekend. Registration for the upcoming season is already underway and I hope all of our residents will take the opportunity to experience our local swim clubs. You can contact your local club of choice directly:Barclay Farm, Whitemarsh Way; (856) 429-9616, www.BarclayFarm.orgCharleston, 1297 Marlkress Road; (856) 354-9808, www.CharlestonSwimClub.orgCherry Valley, 3406 Church Road; (856) 667-9828, www.CherryValleySC.orgCovered Bridge, 1 Aqua Lane; (856) 429-6620, www.CBSwimClub.orgDowns Farm, 1701 Haddonfield-Berlin Road; (856) 428-1151, www.DownsFarmSwimClub.orgErlton, Park Boulevard; (856) 429-9714, www.ErltonSwimClub.comFox Hollow, 51 Partridge Lane; (856) 424-9826, www.FoxHollowSwimClub.comHaddontowne, Plymouth Drive; (856) 429-9834, www.HaddontowneSwimClub.comKingston Estates, 116 Deland Avenue; (856) 429-9641, www.KingstonSwimClub.comOld Orchard, Evans Lane; (856) 424-9815, www.OldOrchardSwimClub.comWexford Leas, 14 Rooftree Road; (856) 424-4512, www.WexfordLeasSwimClub.orgWillowdale, Swallow & Ticonderoga Drive; (856) 428-8180, www.WillowdaleSwimClub.orgWoodcrest, Cranford Road and Astor Drive; (856) 428-1413, www.swimwoodcrest.org
Our Swim Clubs offer more than just the chance to cool off in the pool. There are activities and events being held all summer long:Swim Club basketball will be held all summer long with weekly games beginning on June 17. For more information about participating, contact League Commissioner Paul Armstrong at 856-429-1262 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.orgThe 43rd Annual Bob Rueppel Mini Meet at Old Orchard Swim Club will be held on July 8. This meet provides a fun, safe, outdoor swim competition for younger swimmers. This event is open to children ages 9 and under.On July 14, the Kingston Estates Swim Club will attempt to set the Guinness World Record by having the most participants in a 24-hour swim relay and all of Cherry Hill is invited to participate. You must be able to swim one length of the pool and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Cherry Hill Education Foundation.Cherry Bowl will be held on July 28 at Fox Hollow Swim Club. This event boasts 750 top-level swimmers from thirteen clubs competing in 66 swimming events. The Race Day event annually draws 2,000 spectators to a daylong celebration of sportsmanship, community and friendship.The 56th Annual Burt German Tri-County Swimming Championships will be held at the Haddontowne Swim Club from August 4 – 5 this year. The Tri-County Championships bring the best swimmers from 38 clubs throughout Camden, Gloucester and Camden Counties for this yearly competition.On August 12, the CHAP Volleyball Tournament will be held beginning at 9:00 am at Woodcrest Swim Club. The top seven teams in the swim club league compete in this one-day tournament.
That is just a sample of the events being held throughout the summer. The Township does not manage the clubs, and policies and rates are determined by the individual management boards with membership open to the public. For more information, please contact the clubs directly. As we continue the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, our swim clubs are a great way to stay active and get healthy. I hope you will help Cherry Hill’s swim clubs maintain the longstanding tradition of family fun by visiting one of your neighborhood pools this summer.