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Ivyside Park Swimming Pool

 
 
Ivyside Park Swimming Pool Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), June 21, 2019
1. Ivyside Park Swimming Pool Marker
Inscription.  The Community Arts Center parking lot is located on the site of the former Ivyside Park Swimming Pool, once the world's largest concrete pool filled with three million gallons of water. The giant pool measured in at 650 feet long, 186 feet wide, and easily held 5000 swimmers at any one time and ice skaters in the winter. A tree-filled island in the center of the pool was a favorite gathering spot for swimmers. In 1948 when the Altoona Undergraduate Center (Penn State Altoona's original name) moved to Ivyside Park, the island - surrounded by parked cars instead of water - became a popular gathering and study spot for students.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationParks & Recreational AreasSports. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania State University series list.
 
Location. 40° 32.414′ N, 78° 24.421′ W. Marker is in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in Blair County. Marker can be reached from Juniata Gap Road east of Baker Lane, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map.
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Marker is at or near this postal address: 3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona PA 16601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Bathhouse U" (within shouting distance of this marker); Penn State Altoona (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elm & Pine Buildings (about 300 feet away); Reflecting Pond (about 600 feet away); Railroad Shopmen's Strike of 1922 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Juniata's Tribute to Honor (approx. 1.1 miles away); Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Altoona.
 
Ivyside Park Swimming Pool Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), June 21, 2019
2. Ivyside Park Swimming Pool Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 510 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 22, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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