Strawbridge Lake committee forging ahead

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Courtesy of Kathy Drachowski/The Sun: This year’s Moorestown Paddleboard/Kayak Race and Family Festival raised over $16,000 to help fund the installation of a floating dock additional.

The Strawbridge Lake Beautification Committee (SLBC) hosted its 4th Annual Moorestown Paddleboard/Kayak Race and Family Festival at Strawbridge Lake this summer, bringing family and friends together.

According to co-founder Amy Gravenstine, this year’s fundraiser raised more than $16,000 to help fund the installation of an additional floating dock.

“It will be accessible to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act),” Gravenstine said. “It will be another slightly different floating dock, as it will be able to handle people with disabilities, allowing them to access the dock.”

According to strawbridgelakebc.org, the first permanent floating dock was installed on March 3 on Haines Drive, near the parking lot closest to Kings Highway. The L-shaped dock extends 20 feet into the water and is manufactured by EZ Docks. Funds raised by SLBC’s 2021 Race and Family Festival funded the dock.

According to Gravenstine, the second floating dock will be installed between Pleasant Valley Avenue and Kings Highway.

“It will be connected to a parking lot, and the township is pouring concrete that would help start the walkway or ramp that would lead to the dock,” she said. “So this is all being coordinated right now with the township and with EZ Docks… so it’s really exciting (and) it’s happening really quickly.”

According to its website, SLBC’s mission is to restore Strawbridge Lake to the beautiful town treasure it once was through community involvement and fundraising events. Originally started by a small group of Moorestown families, SLBC became a non-profit organization in 2018 and hosted its first Moorestown Family Race and Festival the same year.

“What was really wonderful this year was that we had professional timing, provided by TNT Event Management,” said Gravenstine. “So we’re going through a learning curve here, but we learned a huge amount and we were happy that we were able to provide timing to the participants (for) each of the races.”

“…It was a great atmosphere, great energy and it was a successful event.”

SLBC will be doing winter cleaning next year.

“…We have a contract with a local landscaper,” she explained. “…What they do is they clean up the overgrown debris that is along the edge of the lake on Haines Drive, and that goes from Church Street to Kings Highway, so on the whole length of the lake.”

“…When they do this process and clean everything up,” she added, “it gives a better view of the lake (and) it makes it more accessible for people… That’s our number one goal. with the non-profit association. Our first step in our current plan is to make the lake more accessible.

Future plans for SLBC include boat storage and rental space for water sports equipment. To donate, visit Strabridgelakebc.com. Potential volunteers can email [email protected]

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