Island Park pool
Fargo, North Dakota’s Island Park swimming pool complex was originally constructed by the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1939.
On Decoration Day in 1941, a new swimming pool in Fargo, North Dakota opened its doors to residents for the first time. Built by the WPA, the pool – 165 feet long by 100 feet wide – was designed by the architectural firm of Braseth and Houkom. The complex included spectator bleachers and a filter system able to process 600,000 gallons of pool water every six hours.
The pool offered a beautiful outdoor setting for a spring or summer dip. During the winter months, part of the facility operated as a warming house for an adjacent outdoor skating rink. Over the course of its first season, nearly 50,000 attendees visited the pool. It is still operating in Fargo today.
National Register of Historic Places nomination form:
FG Storrs, “New Swimming Pool at Fargo,” Parks and Recreation, May 1942.
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on January 23, 2015.
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