A trip down memory lane is in store at a reunion for people who spent their summers in the 1960s and '70s at the Sequoia Swim Club in the Northland neighborhood of Forest Park West.
The gathering Aug. 11 at the Bogey Bar & Grill in Dublin will be a celebration of the people and the pool, 5520 Cherrywood Road.
The reunion grew out of a Facebook page, "I swam at Sequoia Pool in Forest Park West," launched about two years ago by Lewis Center resident Patty Carroll. She invited about a dozen people she recalled from the old neighborhood to join the page.
Last week, Carroll said, the number of people on the page had reached 507.
The reunion is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and last "until we get tired of hearing stories," said Linda Vollmer, a Westerville resident who served on the organizing committee that began meeting in June.
"If you worked there, if you just played there, if you just had fun there, everybody is included," Vollmer said. "We just absolutely did not want to discourage anybody from coming. I think a wide variety of people have such fond memories. We thought, the more the merrier."
Admission to the reunion is free. Food will be available for purchase and there will be a cash bar.
"It's just a lot of fond memories, good memories," Vollmer said. "We would spend most of our days at the pool."
"It's an unbelievable memory of childhood," said Delaware County resident Theresa Vitulla Burkhart, whose family moved from Cincinnati to a house across from the pool when she was 5. "The neighborhood was so close. You didn't even think about it growing up.
"We lived there, literally lived at the pool."
"My family moved to Forest Park West where the swim club was built, I think in 1961," recalled Frank Furie, who lives in Concord Township. "I believe the pool opened in 1962, so I was there day one. I was 9 years old at the time.
"Parents could just drop their kids off at noon at the pool and the kids stayed there until dinner time. When the weather was nice, they would come back after dinner until the pool closed at 9."
"I'm really looking forward to seeing a lot of the kids I grew up with and hung out with at the pool," Carroll said.
"Growing up in Forest Park West was awesome. Everyone knew one another. My mom was about the only stay-at-home mom, so all the kids came over to my house."
"It was my whole life," Furie said. "I swam there as a kid from age 9 on. I went through swimming lessons and then became an instructor of swimming lessons. I was on the swim team and I was a lifeguard there."
"It makes me so sad," Burkhart said. "My kids never experienced that neighborhood, community feel. They just never did. I try to explain it to them over and over."