I’ve been asking where’s Welland’s old swimming pool? Well, I’ve found an old aerial photo that shows it.
In the photo, we’re looking roughly northeast over the Main Street bridge. The larger waterway is the canal, with the more winding river passing under it in a siphon at “the Aqueduct.” The river and canal define the wide south end of “the Island,” which holds the water pumping station.
The old pool is a long, narrow offshoot of the canal. For years, there was only a low wall between the pool and the canal. However, a modest berm was put in after a speeding ship slopped canal water into the pool. You can see that the pool is about as long as the Main Street bridge: perhaps 100 yards (90 metres). The pool was also fairly wide: the bridge is 3 lanes wide and the low bridge in the foreground is 4 lanes.
The light-coloured square beyond the swimming pool is the children’s wading pool, another wonderful pool. It was only about 0.3 to 1 metre deep but about the size of a parking lot (which is what’s there now). It had a large fountain in the centre that sprayed water about 20 feet in all directions.