Mermaid Swim Club in Blue Bell on its last lap
By Mark Schiele
Montgomery County could be getting ready to say goodbye to the Mermaid Lake Swim Club from its longtime home of 50-plus years at 1002 Jolly Road in Blue Bell.
Whitpain Township Supervisors discussed options for the property at a Board Meeting last week. The property was recently sold by the original owners to Metropolitan Development Group. The new owners subsequently submitted a conditional use application to build 53 detached single-family homes on the property.
At the meeting the Supervisors discussed their intent to purchase all or a portion of the Mermaid Tract for recreational purposes, instead of seeing it get developed. Township officials are considering adding additional ball fields, trails, and playing courts.
Mermaid, which is a popular area swim club, features a 1-million gallon pool and a 9-hole golf course.
Whitpain officials had been in touch with the previous owner – Mermaid Lake Inc. – in early June, but became aware of the sale on June 13 when Code Enforcement Officer Mike McAndrew received a conditional use application from Metropolitan to develop the land.
McAndrew and his staff are reviewing the application to ensure it is compliant with all township regulations. The township said that even with the addition of a new park recently, there is still demand for additional playing fields for baseball, softball, soccer and other sports.
Attempts to reach Mermaid officials on Tuesday were unsuccessful. The township plans to meet with representatives from Metropolitan and says it’s committed to the possible acquisition of all – or a portion of the Mermaid Tract – to enhance recreational opportunities for the community.
Montgomery County lost the Markley Farms Swim Club in West Norriton in 2011 and that land is currently under development.
To read our story about Markley Farms click here.