Please enjoy these pictures and news articles regarding the original dedication of the University Heights pool in 1957 as well as photos of library programs happening in the park outside during the 1980s.
The above photo was taken by Jean Rallar at the event, and it includes residents of the city as well as Mayor Earl W. Aurelius, Vice Mayor George I. Goodman, and Councilman Harry J. Elconin who are dressed in striped, old-fashioned bathing suits and faux mustaches.
‘Mud-in-Eye’ Leak Spoils Pool Opening
Cleveland Plain Dealer Monday August 12, 1957
A mechanical failure was discovered last night in the new University Heights Municipal Pool, several after hours after it was dedicated. Mayor Earl W. Aurelius said the pool would be closed today and tomorrow for the breakdown to be repaired. He said the failure was in the pool’s recirculating system. The mayor said a leak in the system was discovered Friday in a test, but was repaired. However, mud was found in the water after the first day’s usage, indicating other leaks.
Aurelius and several councilmen donned striped bathing suits and led the first dip into the pool. This followed brief dedication ceremonies.
Photo subscript: Mayor Earl W. Aurelius, Vice Mayor George I. Goodman, and Councilman Harry J. Elconin.
In University Heights, the fashion was stripes.
U.H. Opens Swim Pool on Aug. 11
Sun Press 7/15/57
Sunday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m., the first swimmers will plunge into the new University Heights swimming pool on the far end of the Frank L. Wiley Junior High School playground. The L-shaped pool is 100 feet by 85 feet in the rectangle and 40 by 35 feet in the diving area. The pool has complete bathhouse facilities.
It will operate from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission will be restricted to residents of the City of University Heights. The pool will operate through Sunday, Sept. 1.. Season tickets for the final three weeks will be $1.50. General admission will be 50 cents per person.
Myron Davidson has been hired to manage the pool. A corps of 10 lifeguards and five operative employees is being hired. The pool will be operated by the Joint Recreation Board of University Heights.
Susan Black, University Heights Library children’s librarian at story hour at Purvis Park, August 1985
Pat Hair, University Heights Library children’s assistant, Stories in the Park at Purvis Park, August 31, 1983
For more pictures and news articles like the ones above, please check out the Ohio Memory website maintained by the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.