VIDEO: Memories of Colman Pool’s grand opening, as its 75th anniversary party nears

That’s what the Lincoln Park “mud hole” swimming pool looked like in 1936, as shown in the Seattle Municipal Archive photo collection, just five years before it was replaced by sleek Colman Pool, which had its grand opening on July 4, 1941. That means Monday is the 75th anniversary of the city’s only saltwater pool, and it’s party time. Also time for memories. The video below is from Clay Eals, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, who talked with Jean Carroll, who was one of the first two people to swim in Colman Pool when it opened. She has a lot of stories to tell!

Even if you don’t feel like swimming, go to Colman Pool Monday morning to celebrate its history – here’s the official invitation. At 10:15 am, mural conservator Peter Malarkey will talk about the historic lobby mural he restored last fall (WSB coverage here); then the celebration, with light refreshments, happens on deck at 11. The party’s free; swimming has the usual fees, but the slide will be free all day.

P.S. This is just one of the West Seattle 4th of July events you’ll find in our guide.

3 Replies to "VIDEO: Memories of Colman Pool's grand opening, as its 75th anniversary party nears"

  • Community Member July 2, 2016 (8:11 pm)

    Thank you Ms. Carroll, Mr. Eals, and West Seattle Blog. I enjoyed hearing Ms. Carroll’s memories.

  • Community Member July 2, 2016 (8:12 pm)

    Here is another interesting piece about the pool:

    • WSB July 2, 2016 (8:49 pm)

      The filmmaker sent that to us last night and you’ll see it in a story of its own before the weekend is out. – TR

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