A lot of planning and dreaming out loud has been going on lately at the Greater Toledo Pool District facility in Toledo. Those who helped pass the recent “Pool Bond” in 2017 have also been the boosters and major supporters of providing the where-with-all to help transform the Toledo Pool into a first class aquatic facility.
Since the bond election passed, new energy now surrounds the pool and pool building, thanks in no small way to Pool District Manager Paul Steenkolk. Steenkolk has extended the reach of the center’s educational programs thanks to the goodwill and guidance of the Eugene Skin Divers Club. There’s lots of spectacular under-the-sea scenery to witness and enjoy and the skin divers club has been leading the way.
The time line for a renovated pool will be gradual through 2024. Leaky pool drain plugs are being repaired along with upgrades to the the shell of the building and pump room. New indoor and outdoor lighting along with new paint for the locker rooms and the pool’s exterior walls will make this recreational facility a remarkable stand-out addition to the community.
A larger natatorium is also planned along with a deeper and wider pool, improved energy and water efficiency and complete ADA compliance.
In short, making the Greater Toledo Pool a first class aquatic facility.
The idea for a city pool began in the early 1940s, but the actual plot of land wasn’t found until years later. The city bought the current pool land for a bargain of $10.
Blueprints were drawn up by Joseph Stronkoback in 1947 and engineer Ross Bowles signed off on the plans. At the time, both Stronkoback and Bowles worked for C.D. Johnson Lumber Co., now called Georgia Pacific.
It only took a year for the pool to be built by Toledo residents and volunteers. Shortly after its creation, the Toledo Rotary Club came together with the community to raise $24,000 to enclose the pool. The endeavor was finished in two stages, led by President Rod Everhart along with other members. Everhart’s work, along with the countless number of volunteers and workers helped set the stage for the current GTPRD and its pool facility which was created in May 2017.
To learn more about how to potentially donate, the District is creating a website that will have all needed information, and a means to help support the construction. GTPRD can also be found on Facebook.