Sunset Lake Reopens to Public, No Swimming Allowed at this Time

By: David J. Detweiler, Writer / Follow South Jersey Child Welfare Intern

BRIDGETON, N.J. — As Bridgeton continues opening back up its businesses and venues, Sunset Lake might be closed for swimming this summer.

Mayor Albert B. Kelly recently announced in his weekly column that Sunset Lake is now open for kayaking and canoeing. Kelly also mentioned the possibility of adding paddle boats for the city’s enjoyment, but the mayor also announced that swimming is still not allowed at Sunset Lakes.

“At this point, I can’t say for certain if we will have lake swimming this season,” he said.

Sunset Lakes will also be the host of the “Out To Lunch” program this summer. The 20-year-old program is best known for its events held for kids that are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch. Their activities will take place every Monday this month at 1 p.m.

Melissa Hemple, the head of the Recreation Department, was able to elaborate on the details of the changes to “Out To Lunch” due to this outlier of a summer. The program will follow CDC guidelines, meaning social distancing and face mask-wearing will take place during these events. There will also be a staff member posted at the entrance keeping track of attendance. Capacity limits will also be in line with the state guidelines at a 500-person limit. Hemple predicts a 75-100 person average attendance per event, so there shouldn’t be too much to worry about in that regard.

The first event of this season was a success. The kids were entertained last Monday by the tricks of a yo-yo performer. The spectacle on July 20 was led by a magician. The finale of the “Out To Lunch” events will be on July 27. This event will feature a Philadelphia-based scientist who will conduct fun experiments with the kids. As long as city and state guidelines are followed, taking your child to the “Out To Lunch” events should be a fun and safe way to turn an average Monday into a memorable one.

Mayor Kelly and the rest of Bridgeton are trying their hardest to make these unusual times as close to normal as possible.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.