After a very slow 2011 season, earnings from West Deptford's Rivergate Boat Ramp increased in 2012. However, 2012's numbers don't even come close to the money it brought in just a few years ago.
In 2012, the boat ramp brought in $14,659, up considerably from $11,796 during 2011. The 2011 earnings were the lowest for the boat ramp since 2006.
Township recreation director Greg Ley laid out the figures during his report at last week's recreation advisory committee meeting. While it's good news revenue increased in 2012, Ley said, he cited the economy for the boat ramp's failure to bring in as much cash as it did in 2008 and 2009.
In 2008, the boat ramp had its best season yet, pulling in $23,156. After that season, revenue slowly decreased, down to $17,832 in 2009 and $14,975 in 2010 before hitting its low figure in 2011.
The price for parking in boat ramp in 2012 was $15. The boat ramp closed for the season on Nov. 30 and its docks have been removed for the winter. It will re-open on April 1.