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Mike Meyer

Springfield, VA

#306 Mar 21, 2013
I believe this is the old Hidden Lake from the 60's and 70's. I spent every day there swimming and building sand castles. It is now been drained and completely grown over. It was a great place to learn Lifesaving because th water was so dark you had to feel your way around to find your drowned swimmer. If youo could survive there you could swim anywhere. What a blast!
Ronald

Willingboro, NJ

#307 Sep 4, 2013
DKM wrote:
In the 50's thrugh early 70's there were so many lakes like this scattered around NJ..and probably outside the reaches of our small world. What destroyed them were the lawsuits and Insurance liability. That's why you cant find these great places anymore..instead you have to go to manufactured waterparks and pay outrageous fees and it's just not the same.
Whoever heard of having a great greased pig contest at Splashworld..or going into the creek behind the waterpark to retrieve the watermelon for after we were exhausted from swimming in the lake all day?
We used to go to Sunshine Lake and Lonnie Lake (Voorhees I think)for great church picnics... which are now just housing developments.
These are our "remeber when" stories that we will tell our children..past good times that likely we will not see anything like again.
There was a Lake Lonnie in Delran which was popular and is now owned by the township as a park, so it's still there.
chris

Brooklyn, NY

#309 Nov 26, 2013
anyone remember a man made lake near route 4 and route 17 in/near paramus that you went to instead of the beach in the 80's and it had a wood dock in the middle to jump off and picinic area and a main house that sold blow up rafts and such
chris

Brooklyn, NY

#310 Nov 26, 2013
it is since abandoned
Walt

Bronx, NY

#311 Feb 16, 2014
Worked there as a lifeguard in 1964. Wonderful people and wonderful memories. Miss them all.

“I'll be your huckleberry!”

Since: Jun 11

Philadelphia

#312 Feb 16, 2014
hey Walt any pictures of the place back then?
Walt wrote:
Worked there as a lifeguard in 1964. Wonderful people and wonderful memories. Miss them all.
Hot summer fun

Philadelphia, PA

#313 Mar 15, 2014
Spent many days and nights there with my family. Good cheap fun hard trip home we had a station wagon full of kids and mom and dad loved to well have a good time . It was always a rough trip home but a picnic and swimming had you feeling good. Jk.from phila.
Harry

Philadelphia, PA

#314 Apr 10, 2014
I spent many weekends at Holidays Lakes in the 60's with My Family and Our Neighbors from Northeast Philadelphia. GREAT MEMORIES!

“I'll be your huckleberry!”

Since: Jun 11

Philadelphia

#316 May 20, 2014
Harry wrote:
I spent many weekends at Holidays Lakes in the 60's with My Family and Our Neighbors from Northeast Philadelphia. GREAT MEMORIES!
any photos of the times there?

“I'll be your huckleberry!”

Since: Jun 11

Philadelphia

#317 May 20, 2014
Hot summer fun wrote:
Spent many days and nights there with my family. Good cheap fun hard trip home we had a station wagon full of kids and mom and dad loved to well have a good time . It was always a rough trip home but a picnic and swimming had you feeling good. Jk.from phila.
did everyone in philly have station wagons filled with kids going to Holiday Lake? good times.
GBurns

Glenside, PA

#319 Jun 20, 2014
I remember Holiday Lakes in the 60's and early 70's. At poolside, Hap used to make me wear a bathing cap and would accuse me of taking it off in the water. I remember Mr. & Mrs. Universe owned a Cabana there. They were friendly people. I do remember the German Lady at the custard stand. Also, the lifeguards were awesome and cute. Every year they would coax me to dive off of the High Dive so I would have the confidence to dive. I have wonderful and Happy memories from there and was sad to learn that it closed down.
Zap

Ocean City, NJ

#320 Aug 19, 2014
I went there in 1970, very nearly drowned.
george m

Willingboro, NJ

#321 Aug 24, 2014
Anna B wrote:
<quoted text>That was a wonderful lake in the late 40's and early 50's. My friend and I used to ride our bikes from Burlington to the lake where we would swim, eat, and dance on a pavillion with a juke box. They had the best frozen custard, as it was called then. I believe the people that ran it then were some german people. It was real popular and was not as big as you saw it. When I went, there was only the lake, a platform out a little ways, a diving board and that was it. I have not seen it entirely since it was renovated, but it really was nice then. I am 73 years old now and it brings fond memories.

The lake across the highway, Olympia, was there when my father was a teen in 1922. It was known as the sandhole. Holiday Lake didn't start until around 1952.The dirt and sand was used to build 295 and the bridgeboro bridge approach. The manager of Holiday in the 50s was Mr Schwartz from
Riverside. His wife ran the concession stand. The pool was added in 1959 and I was the first one to dive from the high dive and the Riverside press had the picture. By 63 the lake was dying because of low class people drinking, fighting, and crapping in the water. Decent people stopped coming. Then a guy was drunk and managed to drown himself. Insurance went up and lawsuits started and that was the end. About 10 years ago the lake froze over solid and I walked out to the big float. I climbed up onto the high dive and looked out on what were memories of my teen summers. What a damn shame to see it like that.

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