The Swimming Pool
We come to the swimming pool. Since the Village closed it was ued for a period of time by the local residents of Rockleigh. But for the most part, it remains closed behind this gate.
But we are going to take you inside...
The children watched eagerly as construction crews built the swimming pool to be opened for the summer of 1965. It offered the children a most memorable recreation activity as well as swimming lessons and even a swim team. It was a refreshing improvement over the sprinklers in the circular wading pools that were build along with the buildings.
Looking at the pool today, one can almost hear the echo of children singing "By The Sea, By The Beautiful Sea" at the dedication ceremony accompanied by Mr. Hamilton on the piano.
The steps into the shallow end are at the lower left of the photo. Beyond the fence is the playroom end of Junior Boy's Cottage.
The pump area is to the left of the lifeguard chair that is laying on its side.
The dead leaves give the swimming pool an eerie feeling as one can imagine the sights and sounds of children playing in the water and on the deck in the summer sun. The round part at the shallow end of the pool was a separate infant's wading pool. A tree once stood in that far right corner within an opening in the deck that you can see patched over with a darker cement.
Slats in the chain link fence blocked the view of the pool from the main corridor which allowed the nuns time to shed their black habits and cool off. Many of the kids used to step up on the ledge and hold onto a lolly column to get a glimpse of the nuns in their 1920s style bathing suits enjoying the water. There were more solid slats than the ones you see here.