The Friends of Hopewell Quarry, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation located in Hopewell, has announced its success in purchasing the land and the quarry swim club earlier this month, saving this beloved community resource from private development. The Quarry Swim Club preservation project garnered significant community support, similar to campaigns saving St. Michaels Orphanage and the Mount Rose Preserve. The quarry land is now preserved in perpetuity under the NJDEP Green Acres program.
The quarry land and the swim club were formerly owned by Quarry Enterprises Inc., which belongs to Pennington residents Jim and Nancy Gypton. After managing the Quarry Swim Club for 26 years, the Gyptons announced in 2014 that they wanted to sell the property. The Friends of Hopewell Quarry was then formed and engaged in negotiations with the former owner for more than five years. Finally, on August 2, 2021, the parties were able to close on the sale.
Friends of Hopewell Quarry President J. David Waldman stated: “I am absolutely thrilled that we were able to save this land and continue the operation of the Quarry Swim Club. Our mission is to make this preserved environmental gem a recreational facility readily available to the public. Community support has been essential to get this done. I thank all present and former trustees: Scot Pannepacker, Melanie Staff-Parsons, Jana Pika, Mark Kirchner, and our general counsel Katherine V. Dresdner, Esq., for all their hard work. We look forward to completing this project with NJDEP Green Acres, the Watershed Institute, D&R Greenway Land Trust, and other partners.”
More information about the Friends’ plans for the future of the quarry swim club will be available soon.
Submitted by Friends of Hopewell Quarry, Inc.
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