Rossland Pool celebrating 80th anniversary

This summer marks the 80th birthday of the Rossland swimming pool.

Put down the gaming console and opt for a healthier choice, like a swim.

This summer marks the 80th birthday of the Rossland swimming pool and the Rossland Recreation Department wants the community to celebrate with a trip down memory lane.

The miners in Rossland floated the idea of a pool to parliament in a night lettergram 80 years ago and a few weeks later the community was rewarded with a swimming pool.

Senior lifeguard Mark Andrew began volunteering to help with research less than a month after relocating to the region for a summer job.

“I was inspired by Robin (Hethey) and the pool today—in 2012—it’s the heart of the community in summer time,” he said. “I guess what I’d like to do is bridge the gap for the 94 year-olds, 44 year-olds and the four year-olds so they recognize what a special place it is.”

Andrew and Rossland’s recreation programmer Robin Hethey began collecting correspondence from the old Rossland Pool Society, financial records and museum archives. As a result, the history of the pool has been chronicled for the community to access in an online video.

“I think the video is a really nice way to put a bunch of stills together,” she said. “But for me, as a visual person, it’s really cool to see someone who was a child from the age of three or four years-old and then fifteen years later, there they are as staff wearing a uniform, and then fast forward another decade, and there they are as a mother.

“Then add a few more years and then it’s their child.”

But the duo’s research isn’t over yet.

“One of the questions that remains is whether the Rossland pool is the oldest in the province or not,” she said, while detailing the calls she has been making.

“I know there are lots of other outdoor pools in the province, but I’m thinking the only way to get people to respond is to challenge them and say the Rossland Pool is the oldest in province.”

The Rossland pool was built in the 1930s and one year later, it was complete with pump circulation and disinfectant and 80 years later the pool is still operational.

The recreation department is planning a birthday bash to celebrate their unique title on Aug. 15.

There will be games, races and prizes open to the public between 1 and 4 p.m., the swim club will have activities between 6 and 6:30 p.m. and a floating movie night will begin at 8 p.m.

To watch the video visit http://www.rossland.ca/rossland-pool or to contribute content contact Hethey at recreation@rossland.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Rotary eClub of Waneta Sunshine, alongside members from the Kootenay Native Plant Society and Trail Wildlife Association, joined together for a day of planting at Fort Shepherd. The Waneta Sunshine eClub was granted funds through an Express Grant from District 5080 to plant 50 shrubs which support pollinator opportunities at Fort Shepherd. Photos: Submitted
Kootenay conservation partners plant pollinator ‘superfoods’ at Fort Shepherd

TLC welcomes community groups to Fort Shepherd who would like to help local ecosystems thrive

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

A volunteer delivers food to families as part of a West Kootenay EcoSociety program. Photo: Submitted
Farms to Friends delivers 2,500th bag of food to families in need

The program services communities in the Nelson, Trail and Castlegar areas

“Our language and hence our ability to communicate is being distorted and impeded by the use of COVID catchphrases,” writes Dave Carter. Photo: Brett Jordan on Unsplash
COVID catchphrases impede our communication

Letter to the Editor from Dave Carter of Castlegar

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

(Black Press Media stock photo)
RCMP name 2015 homicide victim near Creston, investigation ongoing

26-year-old Clint Wolfleg was found dead in a private residence on May 31, 2015

Queen’s counsel Paul Doroshenko, a Vancouver lawyer, has been suspended from practice for two months after admitting that his firm mismanaged $44,353.19 in client trust funds. (Acumen Law)
High-profile B.C. lawyer suspended over $44K in mismanaged client trust funds

Queen’s counsel Paul Doroshenko admits to failing to supervise his staff and find, report the shortage

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., center left, reaches over to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they celebrate the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act that creates a new federal holiday to commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people after the Civil War, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021. It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Biden to sign bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

New American stat marks the nation’s end of slavery

Athena and Venus, ready to ride. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)
Goggling double-dog motorcycle sidecar brings smiles to B.C. commuters

Athena and Venus are all teeth and smiles from their Harley-Davidson sidecar

Kimberly Bussiere and other laid-off employees of Casino Nanaimo have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
B.C. casino workers laid off during pandemic launch class-action lawsuit

Notice of civil claim filed in Supreme Court of B.C. in Nanaimo against Great Canadian Gaming

A Photo from Sept. 2020, when First Nations and wild salmon advocates took to the streets in Campbell River to protest against open-pen fish farms in B.C.’s waters. On Dec. 17, federal fisheries minister Bernadette Jordan announced her decision to phase out 19 fish farms from Discovery Islands. Cermaq’s application to extend leases and transfer smolts was denied. (Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror)
Feds deny B.C.’s Discovery Island fish farm application to restock

Transfer of 1.5 million juvenile salmon, licence extension denied as farms phased out

John Kromhoff with some of the many birthday cards he received from ‘pretty near every place in the world’ after the family of the Langley centenarian let it be known that he wasn’t expecting many cards for his 100th birthday. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Cards from all over the world flood in for B.C. man’s 100th birthday

An online invitation by his family produced a flood of cards to mark his 100th birthday

Most Read