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Photographs of Newark’s outdoor swimming pool from the Fifties to the Seventies





For many Newarkers, summer brings back memories of days spent at the town’s outdoor pool.

Situated on Sherwood Avenue, it was open throughout the summer months for people to enjoy a refreshing cool down.

Hundreds of people would regularly flock to the pool. In fact, 50 years ago this week, the Newark area was basking in a heatwave and more than 1,500 people cooled off at the pool.

The crowds at Newark outdoor pool in 1969.
The crowds at Newark outdoor pool in 1969.
Swimming Pool opens May 1969
Swimming Pool opens May 1969
Newark Swimming Pool opens May 1969
Newark Swimming Pool opens May 1969
Bathing pool scene from 1954
Bathing pool scene from 1954
Newark Swimming Pool August 1951
Newark Swimming Pool August 1951
An overview of Newark Outdoor Pool in 1950.
An overview of Newark Outdoor Pool in 1950.
Jumping off the diving board at Newark outdoor pool in 1963.
Jumping off the diving board at Newark outdoor pool in 1963.
Swimmers at Newark outdoor pool in 1963.
Swimmers at Newark outdoor pool in 1963.

But as well as providing a much-loved leisure space, it also hosted galas and competitions for more competitive swimmers.

Sadly, the pool is no more and is now home to the skatepark and basketball area in the Sherwood Avenue Park.

The first swimmer in the Newark pool in May 1971
The first swimmer in the Newark pool in May 1971
Waiting for the Newark outdoor pool to open in 1963.
Waiting for the Newark outdoor pool to open in 1963.
A young swimmer in the pool in 1950.
A young swimmer in the pool in 1950.
Having a splashing time at the pool in 1965.
Having a splashing time at the pool in 1965.
Swimming Gala at the open air pool in August 1973
Swimming Gala at the open air pool in August 1973
Friends having fun at Newark's outdoor pool in July 1972.
Friends having fun at Newark's outdoor pool in July 1972.

But we have delved into our photographic archive to choose some pictures of people enjoying the water in its heydays of the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies.

Do they bring back any memories for you?

Making the leap at Newark outdoor pool in 1963.
Making the leap at Newark outdoor pool in 1963.
The crowds at Newark outdoor pool in 1969.
The crowds at Newark outdoor pool in 1969.
Summer 1969 at Newark outdoor pool.
Summer 1969 at Newark outdoor pool.
Newark Outdoor Pool in 1956
Newark Outdoor Pool in 1956
Children cool off in the water in Newark's outdoor pool in 1950.
Children cool off in the water in Newark's outdoor pool in 1950.
High jinx at Newark outdoor pool in summer 1969.
High jinx at Newark outdoor pool in summer 1969.

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