Northland News

Northland Swim Club was opened for business in 1965

Frustration with gaining access to a community pool in a neighboring subdivision practically boiled over for some Northland residents on a hot weekend in July 1964.

"It was this way every weekend; weekdays were almost as bad," according to the website of the Northland Swim Club on Almont Drive, the organization that came into being as a result of that frustration.

People living in Woodward Park, Karmel Village and Northland Village were having trouble "finding a place to establish a beachhead at Sequoia Swim Club, located in Forest Park," the site states.

"During the fall and winter, some members of the Woodward Park Civic Association decided to see if there was enough neighborhood interest to try to build a community pool. The interest was overwhelming and the project was launched. Meetings were held with neighbors and it was unanimous that we try to build a swimming pool."

The Woodward Park and Karmel Village civic associations since have merged.

A board of directors was formed and articles of incorporation for Northland Swim Club Inc. were filed Jan. 25, 1965. It was to be a community pool, owned and operated by residents of the three subdivisions with membership initially limited to 700 families.

"The pool, however, will be constructed for a capacity membership of 900 families," the history section of the website indicates. "The additional 200 members are set aside to accommodate the future homes now under construction or yet to be built in Woodward Park."

Mayor Maynard Edward (Jack) Sensenbrenner officiated at the April 3, 1965, groundbreaking ceremony, according to the website. The pool opened July 8, 1965.

--Kevin Parks