Where’s the old swimming pool?

Whilst dashing back and forth to the library to check e-mail, I looked across the parking lot to the site of the old Cross Street pool. That was the “big pool” when I was growing up. I don’t know why it was de-commissioned: maintenance costs I suppose; but it was a magnificent pool. The entrance was a long set of stairs the width of the pool; it had a raised catwalk running the entire length to diving boards at the other end. You had to be able to swim because the shallow end was about five feet deep, running to about nine. But most impressive, it was made from massive limestone blocks.

The pool closed in 1984 and its site has been filled in, now. The pool was fairly wide, from curb to curb in this picture:

site of old Cross Street pool, looking across the width
This view looks down the length of the old pool, now a series of gardens. The low bushes are roses.

site of old Cross Street pool, looking along the length
And it was very long: this is the outside view of one of its walls.

site of old Cross Street pool, outer wall
To give you an idea of the scale, that’s a group of people standing on the lower level at the other end of the pool.

site of old Cross Street pool, outer wall
In fact, it was a vestige of the Third Welland Canal system.

Maintenance costs be damned, I think it could have been the centrepiece of a history festival: swim the old Canal!

See aerial view of old pool.

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