Posted Aug. 17, 2012
Dearborn's first outdoor pool celebrates 70 years
Mayor John B O’Reilly, Jr. invites Dearborn residents to join him at Levagood Park on Thursday, August 23 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the outdoor pool.
The Dearborn Recreation and Parks Department
event runs from 6 – 10 p.m. and includes free swimming until dusk. Free hot dogs and pop will be available from 7 until 9:30 p.m. with complimentary cake served following Mayor O’Reilly’s congratulatory remarks at 8 p.m.
The Bomb Squad entertains with a “Funk and Dunk Concert” from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. The pool deck will be open until 10 p.m. Pool rules apply.
Levagood Park’s pool has historical significance. In 1940, local officials selected the 40-acre site located near Cherry Hill and Telegraph roads for the first of its kind City outdoor pool.
The pool eventually would have two names and several renovations. It was dedicated in 1942 as Seashore Pool and boasted a sand beach and Olympic size swimming area. Refurbished in 1948, the pool was reported to have the best health safeguards in the country.
Residents remember it then and now as a popular place to spend summers. In July 1959, a newspaper article recorded a weekend attendance of over 15,000 people.
The sand beaches were eventually replaced and in 1976, Mayor Orville Hubbard dedicated an enhanced pool complex that included a 45 x 60 foot diving tank, a 50-meter main tank of 75 x 165 feet; a fan-shaped wading pool and a renovated bathhouse.
In 1988, the Levagood Park pool was renamed the Jack Dunworth Memorial Pool Complex to honor Dearborn High School’s beloved swim coach and teacher Jack Dunworth. He also, for many years, managed Seashore Pool, and co-founded the Dearborn Dolphins swim team.
Generations of Dearborn residents learned to swim at classes offered by the Recreation Department at the Levagood Park pool. Others joined swim teams, participated in water exercise, enjoyed sun bathing on the deck or watched annual competitions.
In 2012, events held at Dunworth Pool included the prestigious U.S.S. Annual Swim Meet, annual City Swimming Championships and the annual Synchronized Swim Show.
For more information, call 313-562-0215.
[Revised Aug. 21, 2012]