Anybody know the story behind Holiday...
Lifeguard 1979-81

Mount Laurel, NJ

#21 Sep 19, 2006
I worked there for three years before I went to college, and even at my young age, I could tell the place was steeped in memories of the bygone era of the 50's. People had cabanas; they'd offer you bagels and newspapers. There was a high dive at the pool, and miniature golf and tennis. There were grills around the perimeter of the lake, with tent-like structures over tables. The lake was huge and deep and many people were sometimes drunk, unable to swim, and unable to speak English, but it was all very interesting (like you were in a movie) and fun-based, except for the occasional fight. There were picnic groves in the back and there was always something going on. The lifeguards got along well, worked as a team--it was actually pretty hard work because you had to keep alert and actually perform several rescues per week. Sometimes there'd be a lifeguard party at night. I still live in the area and was glad that the sign remained, until its recent fate. It'd be great to write a coffee table type book about the place.
Maintenance

Tucson, AZ

#22 Sep 20, 2006
I worked there as a teen in 77-78, part of the maintenance crew. Both the lake and pool had rich but all to short histories. They sold memberships to the pool and cabana club, and the snack bar at the pool had many photos of the place in it's heyday. They used to have all sorts of events, from concerts to bathing beauty contests. Anyone remember old Lester? He ran the paddleboat concession (in a separate oval lake) for years.
The Meltons bought the place in '76 and spent a lot of money fixing the place up. They built the first Holiday Ice Cream stand with access from both inside the park, and from the parking lot off 130. They sold out to the Mundy's the next year and they owned the place until it was sold to the church.
Sean

Reading, PA

#23 Nov 8, 2006
I wanted to get a good picture of the entrance way to Holiday Lake on route 130 in New Jersey, but I found out that they just tore it down. does any body have a good picture of the entrance way?
e-mail me at seanm@cleanweb.net
Thanks Sean
Sean

Reading, PA

#24 Nov 8, 2006
John Safaryn wrote:
We moved to Burlington county from North Jersey several years ago. Driving on route 130 in Willingboro, I've seen this really cool looking retro style gate straight out of the 50's. The sign over it says Holiday Lake. Beyond it lies a dried out swimming hole type pool or man made lake complete with diving boards around the edges and rafts in the middle. Dilapidated buildings that were obviously changing rooms surround the lake. There's an old decaying minature golf course and abandoned playgrounds. The entire scene is somewhat creepy, but intriguing. Is there anybody who remembers going there when it was open? How long has it been closed? It looks like a big church is now on the property, but the lake is still there-and so is that really cool gate.
Sorry but even the gate has been torn down now. I went there to get a good picture of it only to find it gone! Any body got a good picture ot the gate way? seanm@cleanweb.net. Thanks Sean
larry

West Palm Beach, FL

#25 Dec 1, 2006
i grew up in delran from 1965 to 1971 . used to go swimming there just about every summer. they also had speedboat rentals in the lake. the lake started out as an excavation site. they were selling off the sand.
John Safaryn wrote:
We moved to Burlington county from North Jersey several years ago. Driving on route 130 in Willingboro, I've seen this really cool looking retro style gate straight out of the 50's. The sign over it says Holiday Lake. Beyond it lies a dried out swimming hole type pool or man made lake complete with diving boards around the edges and rafts in the middle. Dilapidated buildings that were obviously changing rooms surround the lake. There's an old decaying minature golf course and abandoned playgrounds. The entire scene is somewhat creepy, but intriguing. Is there anybody who remembers going there when it was open? How long has it been closed? It looks like a big church is now on the property, but the lake is still there-and so is that really cool gate.
Mickie

AOL

#26 Dec 2, 2006
I'm only 29, but I had heard stories when I was younger of a young girl who had jumped off the diving board, somehow hit her head and drowned in the pool going unnoticed. Her family evidently sued the owners who ended up going bankrupt over the suit plus the abundant cost to upkeep the property and maintain insurance was just too much and it was closed. I'd never been there, but it's just not the same now......
Bill

Wyandanch, NY

#27 Jan 9, 2007
I was devastated to see the sign was gone. I remember driving by there as a child (never got to go!) and seeing people lounging in beach chairs and thinking "This is what the glamourous people do". I had completely forgotten about Olympia Lakes with the diving board you could see from Rt 130. I do remember a Chinese Restaurant across the street from Holiday Lake. It was during the sixties and it had the feel of a bar or an opium den. I loved it. One year we bought our Christmas tree from a "chop your own" farm somewhere behind it. Who knew that such a small geographic area could ignite such memories!?
John

Toyama, Japan

#28 Jan 14, 2007
I grew up spending many summers at Holiday Lake in the 70's.I know several peaple died at as mere accidents(actually one was paralyzed after a back flip off the diving Board onto someone in the water).They were sued,but they won in court,and were forced to close after that. Damn shame no doubt.
John

Toyama, Japan

#29 Jan 14, 2007
Anyone know if Sylvan Lakes in Burlington is still opens summers? I spent many summers there as a kid also. No one ever died that I know of.
Susan cherry hill nj

East Brunswick, NJ

#30 Jan 15, 2007
I remember Holiday Lake. But what I've been looking for is Pine Lake. We went there every summer in the 50's. My Dad has passed and my Mom's memory is not what it used to be. I can't even remember what county it was in. It had what I thought was the largest sliding board with constant water running and a long cement food court with a dance pavilion and teenagers dancing to the music broadcast over the water. Maybe near Blackwood, N.J.? Anybody remember ?
Dave

Southampton, PA

#31 Jan 15, 2007
Bill wrote:
I was devastated to see the sign was gone. I remember driving by there as a child (never got to go!) and seeing people lounging in beach chairs and thinking "This is what the glamourous people do". I had completely forgotten about Olympia Lakes with the diving board you could see from Rt 130. I do remember a Chinese Restaurant across the street from Holiday Lake. It was during the sixties and it had the feel of a bar or an opium den. I loved it. One year we bought our Christmas tree from a "chop your own" farm somewhere behind it. Who knew that such a small geographic area could ignite such memories!?
I remeber the Chinese food restaurant - my parents got food poisoning there on time! They tore it down and made it a Wawa in the late 80's, I belive. I also never went to the lake, but I rememeber the sign - and the little bridge in Delran before they expanded it - and Bowl-o-mat in Willingboro/Edgewater Park.
papertrucker

Naples, FL

#32 Jan 16, 2007
John Safaryn wrote:
We moved to Burlington county from North Jersey several years ago. Driving on route 130 in Willingboro, I've seen this really cool looking retro style gate straight out of the 50's. The sign over it says Holiday Lake. Beyond it lies a dried out swimming hole type pool or man made lake complete with diving boards around the edges and rafts in the middle. Dilapidated buildings that were obviously changing rooms surround the lake. There's an old decaying minature golf course and abandoned playgrounds. The entire scene is somewhat creepy, but intriguing. Is there anybody who remembers going there when it was open? How long has it been closed? It looks like a big church is now on the property, but the lake is still there-and so is that really cool gate.
Yes I went ythere when I was a kid(mid 60s) this is when olimpia lakes was on the other side of 130 when I was a kid the place seemed huge it had a cabanna,golf sorry to here it went to hell
papertrucker

Naples, FL

#33 Jan 16, 2007
Susan cherry hill nj wrote:
I remember Holiday Lake. But what I've been looking for is Pine Lake. We went there every summer in the 50's. My Dad has passed and my Mom's memory is not what it used to be. I can't even remember what county it was in. It had what I thought was the largest sliding board with constant water running and a long cement food court with a dance pavilion and teenagers dancing to the music broadcast over the water. Maybe near Blackwood, N.J.? Anybody remember ?
Riverside ?
David Roy Clarke Ca

Incline Village, NV

#34 Jan 16, 2007
David Roy Clarke Ca wrote:
went there in the 40's had a great time
Born and raised in Burlington on Jacksonville road
don't remember who was the owners
town Orangevale Ca.
Bill

United States

#35 Jan 18, 2007
Susan cherry hill nj wrote:
I remember Holiday Lake. But what I've been looking for is Pine Lake. We went there every summer in the 50's. My Dad has passed and my Mom's memory is not what it used to be. I can't even remember what county it was in. It had what I thought was the largest sliding board with constant water running and a long cement food court with a dance pavilion and teenagers dancing to the music broadcast over the water. Maybe near Blackwood, N.J.? Anybody remember ?
I remember a place where we would hold our Sunday School picnics when I was little. One of them was a lake with a smallish manmade beach. Uphill from that was a covered cement picnic area (with a picnic pavillion...not a food court) which had a jukebox for dancing. There was a snack bar and we were given tickets in a small envelope and they were good for a specific amount of credit towards the snack bar. I seem to remember a playground area near the snackbar behind which was a baseball diamond. Don't remember the location, but I feel like it was out beyond Rancocas (in the sticks in those days)
Dave

Southampton, PA

#36 Jan 19, 2007
John wrote:
Anyone know if Sylvan Lakes in Burlington is still opens summers? I spent many summers there as a kid also. No one ever died that I know of.
I used to live a few blocks away from Sylvan Lakes. I remeber one summer a couple of kids swam out to the "far" dock, and one of them dove in and never came out. Turns out he was playing a trick on a friend - he dove in and then swam behind the dock to the far shore. Anyway, when your 10 years old all that police/fire activity is a BIG deal.
leona boehm

AOL

#37 Jan 20, 2007
John Safaryn wrote:
We moved to Burlington county from North Jersey several years ago. Driving on route 130 in Willingboro, I've seen this really cool looking retro style gate straight out of the 50's. The sign over it says Holiday Lake. Beyond it lies a dried out swimming hole type pool or man made lake complete with diving boards around the edges and rafts in the middle. Dilapidated buildings that were obviously changing rooms surround the lake. There's an old decaying minature golf course and abandoned playgrounds. The entire scene is somewhat creepy, but intriguing. Is there anybody who remembers going there when it was open? How long has it been closed? It looks like a big church is now on the property, but the lake is still there-and so is that really cool gate.
i have not lives in the area for 20 years but i rmember as a person in her 20 that it was a summer place to go swimming and play. i never went their but it was talked about alot as you drive down 130 that you passed the lake. that was back in1970 on up. i really don't remember when it close but i will ask my family since they are still living in pemberton new jersey a nice place to go when it was really hot. bye
leona boehm

AOL

#38 Jan 20, 2007
it was great reading everyone comments i hae not thought of the lakes in a very long time since i been out of the area for 20 years. it put a smile on my face thank you again
Maria Browns Mills NJ

Browns Mills, NJ

#39 Jan 22, 2007
Oh what memories!!! I was at Holiday Lake every weekend in the 80's! At that time, Edgar Batten had owned Holiday Lake. I know he had been in poor health over the last few years so I am not sure if he is still alive and kicking as he once was. I do remember that he had once lived in Maple Shade. He had such a dream to reincarnate the lake back to its original glory...including the pools. I clearly remember the cold springs in the lake and the fountains that were on either side of the lake. I remember playing mini golf there as well. There was a snack stand, a place to get burgers and fries, I actually worked there a little here and there to help out. I spent all day swimming around and around the lake. Towards the end there were many lawsuits from those who decided to "Drink and Dive"...not too smart!
As for the neighboring Olympia Lakes, it was already closed before I had been born. My aunt lost her husband to the lake. There were many drownings due to the springs in the lake.
Chuck - Willingboro NJ

Iselin, NJ

#40 Jan 23, 2007
I know Weird NJ magazine had a little article about Holiday Lake. If you are interested it is in Issue #24. Here is a link of all the stories in the magazine.
http://www.weirdnj.com/store/product.php...

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