Ridgewood - pool & tennis club

Ridgewood - pool & tennis club

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Ryan

AOL

#1 Oct 3, 2006
Does anyone know what happened to Ridgewood, the private pool & tennis club on Cook Rd. I was a member there alittle over 10 years ago, but I moved away. Last summer I went back and found the whole place deserted, the pool was half-full with green water and hundreds of small frogs. There were curse words written on the buildings, and everything was overgrown and forgotten. I've tried to find out what happened to it, or even if anyone has remembered it or has written about it on the internet. It appears that it is totally and utterly forgotten. Which is a shame because it was a great place.
Pool mom

Broad Brook, CT

#2 Jun 8, 2008
Hi Ryan. My family and friends were members of Ridgewood for several years when our kids were young. From what I was able to gather, the first thing that happened was that the opening of the pool in Cheshire decreased the Ridgewood membership quite a bit. Some people had the opinion that the elderly people who owned the club were unwilling to change things in order to remain competitive, unwilling to allow anyone outside their sphere to take charge and make it more attractive to modern families, etc. For example, the place used to shut down at a certain time in the evening and they would run "adults only" dinners, but today's families usually keep their kids with them and prefer "adults and kids" dinners, and the owners reportedly were unwilling to change the formula. Therefore, they had whole evenings when families couldn't attend and had to leave the premises, and the place would be serving dinner to a couple dozen octogenarians. There was a weird thing with the very nice clubhouse also almost never being used, and people felt that they joined a place where they were not allowed in the clubhouse...it was sort of "off limits" except for a couple times a year, and people would have a membership for almost the whole summer before they would see the inside of the clubhouse. The feeling was that it was reserved for the owners, it was a very weird vibe. I guess the whole thing became an issue of whether the place would change with the times or whether the owners would retain control and do it their way, and ultimately they ended up closing. I heard a rumor that the structure of the legal documents to the property required the owners' family members to run the organization when the owners stepped down, and I heard that some of the owners' children did not want to take over, or did not live in the area and thus could not take over. The place needed a lot of money spent on it constantly to upgrade and refurbish, and that may have also been an issue. I agree that it is too bad, because we just loved the place and thought it was wonderful, but you have to look at where people are going these days who join pool clubs in the area (Copper Valley, Paradise). People want services, excellent organization and places that are kid oriented. I was told at one time that the Ridgewood land was going to be sold to a home developer, not sure whether that ever happened. Anyway, I agree that Ridgewood was a special, magical place and I'm glad my family got a chance to experience it....sorry that others won't have that chance.
James

Morris, CT

#3 Sep 28, 2008
I can't believe Ridgewood closed! I used to go there back in the day when I was in 6th and seventh grade in the early 90's. It's a blamed shame that it closed. Too bad there's no pictures of it online or anything.

Since: Sep 08

Morris, CT

#4 Sep 28, 2008
I can't believe that Ridgewood closed! I used to go there as a child back in the early 90's when I was in 6th and 7th grade. It's a blamed shame that it closed. Too bad there's no pictures of it online or anything.
PICTURES

Boca Raton, FL

#5 Feb 14, 2013
There is a Facebook page about Ridgewood now. It's called Ridgewood Pool and Tennis Club". Has pictures!
Kate

Cheshire, CT

#6 Jul 14, 2014
PICTURES wrote:
There is a Facebook page about Ridgewood now. It's called Ridgewood Pool and Tennis Club". Has pictures!
Do you if the FB page still exists - I can seem to find it.

Thanks!!:)

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