Sunday, November 11, 2012

Chestnut Street Pool and Waterworks Park, Erie PA

Waterworks Park postcard courtesy of Erie Police historian Ken Sidun.
The Chestnut Street Pool was located at the foot of Chestnut Street in Erie, Pennsylvania. The City of Erie operated this pool to give its citizens a place to swim for free. This old postcard shows people having a picnic and sitting on benches at Waterworks Park.

One of the most vivid things that people remember was scraping their knees on the old concrete pool. A number of people still have the scars to prove it. Others remember that the pool was always very popular and was always crowded.

How far did you walk to swim at the Chestnut Street Pool?

Here's a more modern shot of kids swimming in the pool:

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