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Posted by Dennis H 
Free swim
June 09, 2020 07:23AM
Remember when Dallas city pools had an hour of swimming for free just before the pools
officially opened for the day? I think it was from 7 to 8 AM.
Re: Free swim
June 15, 2020 12:04PM
Dennis H Wrote:
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> Remember when Dallas city pools had an hour of
> swimming for free just before the pools
> officially opened for the day? I think it was
> from 7 to 8 AM.

Dennis, I don't remember that, when was it?

I do remember the Red Cross Pools. Many of them were on elementary school campuses, but some were in parks. They were shallow, probably no more than 4 feet at the deepest. I think most (maybe all) lacked a chlorination system or recirculating filter system. There was no fee to swim in them. If I remember correctly, swim times were specified for age groups, in one hour slots. Some had a "family" time in the evening when adults could swim with children. Germicidal treatment was by "shocking" the pool with a chlorine solution daily. At one pool I frequented, the attendant would invite four or five boys to swim in the pool with the chlorine containers, pouring the stuff into the water and swimming and splashing to distribute it. I don't know if any sampling was done to determine efficacy of this method. The solution may have been a concentrated bleach, but I seem to recall that it was a sort of sick green color.

At the pool at John H. Reagan Elementary School in Oak Cliff, which I attended briefly in fifth grade, the pool was drained in off season. Children played dodge ball in the pool during P.E. class and at recesses.

My recollections of these pools date from the 1950s.

Dave McNeely
Re: Free swim
June 24, 2020 11:21AM
There was a Red Cross pool built at Northaven Park near Withers Elementary in the early '60s. It was the last one I remember seeing in that part of town. We usually swam at the big pool at Walnut Hill Park, which is where my siblings learned to swim. I remember the ice cream machines conveniently located next to the exit. Ice cream sandwich is the best post swim treat!

Victoria Snyder Alvey
Re: Free swim
June 24, 2020 03:31PM
northdallasgirl Wrote:
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> There was a Red Cross pool built at Northaven Park
> near Withers Elementary in the early '60s. It was
> the last one I remember seeing in that part of
> town. We usually swam at the big pool at Walnut
> Hill Park, which is where my siblings learned to
> swim. I remember the ice cream machines
> conveniently located next to the exit. Ice cream
> sandwich is the best post swim treat!

Back in the fifties, when there was still a pool at Lake Cliff, the Polar Bear Ice Cream shop was across the street. Lots of folks found that to be handy, but I don't remember Polar Bear having ice cream sandwiches. Sounds good for an after swim treat, though.

Dave McNeely
Re: Free swim
August 01, 2020 01:47PM
Not only free swim but free swim lessons. I owe my early swimming skills to the Red Cross pool in the Lisbon Elementary property, and later in one located off aTyler Street in Oak Cliff.

Dean
Re: Free swim
August 03, 2020 09:33PM
dhumphus Wrote:
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> Not only free swim but free swim lessons. I owe
> my early swimming skills to the Red Cross pool in
> the Lisbon Elementary property, and later in one
> located off aTyler Street in Oak Cliff.
>
> Dean

That would have been the pool at Kidd Springs Park.
Re: Free swim
August 04, 2020 02:38PM
Frank Wrote:
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> dhumphus Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Not only free swim but free swim lessons. I
> owe
> > my early swimming skills to the Red Cross pool
> in
> > the Lisbon Elementary property, and later in
> one
> > located off aTyler Street in Oak Cliff.
> >
> > Dean
>
> That would have been the pool at Kidd Springs
> Park.

Or it could have been the one at John H. Reagan Elementary School

Dave McNeely
Re: Free swim
August 04, 2020 04:27PM
old man from dallas Wrote:
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> Frank Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > dhumphus Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > Not only free swim but free swim lessons. I
> > owe
> > > my early swimming skills to the Red Cross
> pool
> > in
> > > the Lisbon Elementary property, and later in
> > one
> > > located off aTyler Street in Oak Cliff.
> > >
> > > Dean
> >
> > That would have been the pool at Kidd Springs
> > Park.
>
> Or it could have been the one at John H. Reagan
> Elementary School

Is that you Sheldon?
LOL, sorry, that just seems overly pedantic for you.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/04/2020 04:52PM by Frank.
Re: Free swim
August 15, 2020 03:48PM
The free swims I recall dated from the early 1960s and were held at the big city pools.

I do remember the smaller pools on the grounds of elementary schools. When we lived
on Rosemont circa 1960 there was one down the street at the southwest corner of
Rosemont Elementary School. They hosted free swims too and arts & crafts for kids.
I first learned to play chess there!
Re: Free swim
September 01, 2020 07:41PM
Oh yes Kidd is north of the Tyler St. split. The one I knew was on Clinton on elementary sch. property, farther south.

Frank Wrote:
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> dhumphus Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Not only free swim but free swim lessons. I
> owe
> > my early swimming skills to the Red Cross pool
> in
> > the Lisbon Elementary property, and later in
> one
> > located off aTyler Street in Oak Cliff.
> >
> > Dean
>
> That would have been the pool at Kidd Springs
> Park.
Re: Free swim
September 03, 2020 07:40AM
It turns out my mother learned to swim at the same pool on the grounds of Rosemont
Elementary School as I enjoyed--just 20 years earlier.
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