Lake Hopatcong Train Station
Landing building will serve as future home of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation and as a community center
In November 2014, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation moved forward on a very exciting (and, to a relatively new organization, very scary) project: the purchase and rehabilitation of the historical Lake Hopatcong Train Station in Landing. The reasons for purchasing the building related to a variety of the LHF’s projects and its mission:
- The building allows us to open a shared space for the community, bringing together the four towns at a venue that can teach about Lake Hopatcong and connect its residents.
- It offers a space to teach about the lake environment, with ongoing watershed exhibits, the ability to host lectures and classes on lake-friendly practices (such as landscaping and water conservation), and an outdoor landscaped area to construct a demonstration rain garden.
- Its location on the Morris Canal Greenway allows us to connect to our long-term goal of a network of trails around Lake Hopatcong.
- The shared community space can be used for teaching boater safety courses, both for those who want to get their boat endorsement on their license and those who want a shorter refresher course in motorboat safety on Lake Hopatcong.
- Our class trip program could eventually be expanded to include a classroom component at the train station building.
- The rehabilitation of the building allows us to be a major part of the overall rejuvenation of Landing, which serves as an entry point to the lake for so many residents and visitors.
- The train station in Landing has lasting meaning for many lake residents, past and present, and is a central part of the history of the lake, and our purchase offers us the opportunity to ensure its preservation and rehabilitation for future generations.
- Space within the building for information about local businesses, including restaurants, marinas, and more, will give us the opportunity to support local commerce.
- The LHF has benefited from the very generous donation of office space on Nolan’s Point, but as we outgrow that space, the train station gives us an opportunity to stand on our own in a building that has significantly more drive-by traffic, allowing us to be a more visible presence in the community.
We are very excited to share with you our journey as we move forward on the rehabilitation of this beautiful building.