YEADON, Pa. (WTXF) - A community in Delaware County is fighting hard to keep their swim club going.
They're also working to get it listed as an official historic landmark for many reasons.
The Nile Swim Club
was a pillar in its Yeadon community in times of segregation, but as times changed and many clubs faded, the Nile remained. Though today, they struggle to stay open.
It may look like any other swim club, but the Nile is turning 60 years old this month.
It was established in 1957 so that area black families would have a place to swim, something that was not allowed at other local swim clubs.
In recent years, however, the Nile Swim Club
has had a declining membership with rising taxes putting it financially under water and in need of some repairs.
New board president Gwen Brown and 26-year member of the historic private non-profit says their ship has not sunk yet.
"We set a soft target of 50 families and we're at 47," she said.
They are working to reduce tax fees and penalties by seeking partnerships with the borough and others while also increasing memberships.
They need about 300 families to keep in flowing.
For the summer season, there are tons of special events lined up in hopes of raising some much needed cash. And they are accepting tax-deductible donations from anyone who wants to help.