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THEN & NOW: PAGE 5C PRESS & DAKOTAN n MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 Yankton s Pool: Sea Change In The Works? Fantle Memorial Park Pool Has Evolved, But Time Is Catching Up With the 70-Year-Old Structure BY ROB NIELSEN F rob.nielsen@yankton.net or 70 years, area residents have utilized Yankton s Fantle Memorial Park Swimming Pool to beat the summer heat. Once a showcase facility, the pool s age is beginning to tell and some entities, including the city and private citizens, are currently looking to the future. THEN Yankton s current swimming pool traces its origins to the 1940s. In the summer of 1940, a drowning death in the James River spurred groups of youths to organize marches through town complete with signs and chants of We want a swimming pool! Current Yankton Parks & Recreation director Todd Larson told the Press & Dakotan that there were a few attempts at giving the citizens of Yankton a relatively safer option PHOTO: DAKOTA TERRITORIAL MUSEUM for swimming at the time, including utilization of the pond at West Side Park and a pool at Tripp Park. But then, the community found itself needing to build a new pool by contract. The Fantle family donated land to the city to be designated as Yankton Memorial Park today known as Fantle Memorial Park. In the agreement with the city, the Fantles made a number of provisions, including one dealing with constructing and maintaining a modern pool: That the city shall construct upon the aforesaid property, as soon as possible, a modern swimming pool; and the City shall thereafter, continuously, maintain and conduct such swimming pool, the provision stated. Ultimately, in November 1945, city residents overwhelmingly passed a $100,000 bond for the construction of a new pool in the brand new park. The pool was constructed at a cost of When it first opened, Yankton s Fantle Memorial Park swimming pool (the main pool is shown above and the wading pool at top left, back in the days when the park was located on the edge of town) was a tremendous upgrade over swimming in the swirling, uncertain waters of the Missouri or James river. More than seven decades later (below), the pool looks functional on the surface, but it s becoming increasingly more difficult to keep it up to functioning standards. Plus, the construction of water parks in the area is drawing many swimmers elsewhere. POOL | PAGE 6C KELLY HERTZ/P&D Your Locally-Owned Hometown Insurance Agency Where you will always talk to a REAL PERSON Don t Gamble ...Insure With M.T. & R.C. Smith Insurance Serving the Yankton Area Since 1949 ...With Excellent Insurance Companies That We Represent Back row, left to right: Chad Gordon, Roger Smith, Front row, left to right: Agnes Grovijahn, Darcel Stevens, Mary Loecker Allied Auto-Owners Employers Mutual Hartford Steam Boiler Progressive 204 W. 4th St., Yankton, SD Safeco Continental Western United Fire & Casualty Western Surety 605-665-3611 Home | Auto | Business | Life | Bonds
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