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Swope Park Pool

Swope Park Pool was dry in 2003, much as the pools at Sunnyside Park and Loose Park have been for years. But unlike the other structures, it wasn't water-free because of budget concerns or a lack of lifeguards. And it wasn't waiting out a court battle, as it did for two years in the '50s, when Thurgood Marshall successfully struggled to desegregate the whites-only facility. Swope Park Pool was undergoing a $1.3 million renovation, and the results were stunning when it reopened on May 29, 2004. The 62-year-old pool maintained its antique charm while adding new diving boards and spray pillars similar to those at Crown Center's fountains. Admission was free when the temperature topped 97 degrees. That didn't happen often during this mild summer, but $2 was a small price to pay for the opportunity to get wet in style.

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