This week's "Did You Know?" won't be a real head-scratcher for longtime residents, but those newer to the area might find it a bit unusual that today's Lower Macungie Township municipal building was once the clubhouse for Brookside Country Club.
Lower Macungie officials purchased 30 acres at 3400 Brookside Road from the country club Dec. 4, 1987 for $1.7 million. The intention was to provide a municipal campus with township offices and meeting rooms, recreational facilities and later needs that are today reality in library and community center facilities.
The swimming pool opened to the public in 1989. Other recreational facilities include four tennis courts, a handball court, basketball court, hiking trails and two beach volleyball courts.
The township moved its municipal offices and public meeting room to the site in 1991 from a building at 5536 Indian Creek Road. The township Public Works Department remains there today.
Finally, a building was constructed on the municipal complex in 2001 that houses the library and a community center.