Facing a possible sheriff’s sale, the historic Nile Swim Club on Tuesday announced it had satisfied a portion of the back taxes it owed to Delaware County and the William Penn School District, staving off at least temporarily the sale of the club.
Members of the Yeadon club — the first African-American owned and operated private swim club in the country — on Monday paid the county $41,000 as part of an agreement to prevent the property going to sheriff’s sale on Thursday. The club must pay the outstanding balance of $168,725 by Dec. 10, according to the Delaware County Treasurer’s Office.
“This is wonderful,” Nile board President Christopher Sample said. “We have momentum. I’m confident that we will raise the remainder of the money by the deadline.”
The swim club originally owed $270,000 in back taxes. However, the county reduced much of the penalties and interest.
Sample said one huge problem the club faces is that it is only open for business from June to September, which shortens the amount of time the club has to generate revenue. It is taxed, Sample said, as if it were opened for an entire year.
One solution the board of directors is considering is opening the pool campus earlier in the year for galas and other events that do not require the pool to be open.
“For events, weddings, parties and other things of that nature — things that will help create revenue,” Sample said.
The Nile began a race against the clock trying to raise the funds last month when the 59-year-old swim club first was listed for sheriff’s sale. That began a campaign to #savethenile. The swim club has broken fundraising efforts into two phases.
“We’re officially in Phase II and working to get the $1 million we need to ensure this historic institution is a part of our community for another 60 years,” said board member Lisa Ivery.
“With such significance in our community, we must save the Nile,” added Anjelica Sanders, another board member. “The fight is still on.”
Sanders said anyone interested in supporting efforts to keep the Nile open can visit the pool’s fundraising site at give.nileswimclub.org. Currently the crowd-funding site reflects the more than $35,000 raised so far.
The Nile will continue fundraising efforts with a “Community Day” from 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday and an Eagles tailgate party beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday at the pool at 513 S. Union Ave. in Yeadon.