Uncovering Toledo Pool History
It all started——-around March 2018—–looking again through a box of my deceased Dad’s belongings and carefully opening 4 sheets of blue prints. It was a design made of the Toledo Pool Sept. 1947 with my Dad’s name as drawer/draftsman and an engineer’s name Ross Bowles on each page.
It grabbed me and I wanted to learn more and to answer our families question, as to whether our Father’s design was used.
I met Paul, the District Manager of the Pool and the Eugene Architect who’s currently working on the new pool design and it seems to be the case that the Stronko design WAS used to build the pool in late 1947—48.
Along with this bit of “research”, I felt since there was no plaque on the walls of the pool, that people, companies, businesses who contributed either money, time, labor should be remembered and thanked for their contributions. And not just for the pool, but tennis courts, playground, library, etc. There was apparently, a “Toledo Playground Committee” in the 1940’s, but I’ve not been able to learn who was on the committee, even after consulting with City Hall. It was just a “committee”, but people’s names were not given. I need your help if you know who was on the committee……
Back in the 1940’s and prior, there weren’t many places or facilities for the kids to play on or at. With the sale of land by the Richardson family to the City of Toledo, a “vision” was conceived.
I cannot find very much information about other families/businesses who made the Toledo Arcadia Park (Run or Rum Bottom) of today a reality.
So, I am asking for your help to give us family names, businesses or companies, who helped to make this possible.
It would be nice to see this culminate with something on the Pool wall to say Thank You to the following:
We just need to know who to Thank and/or Recognize.
Please send me or Paul an email, if you know of someone who contributed.