Moores Park Pool


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Moores Park Pool

Moores Park Pool

Moores Park Pool was first designed in 1922 by Wesley Bintz, Lansing’s former chief engineer, in honor of J. H. Moore. Built in 1923, it is reportedly the oldest continuously operating public swimming pool in the United States. The pool originally had three diving boards, one 15 foot high dive and two low ones. It takes 285,000 gallons of water to fill Moores swimming pool. In the summer of 1957 a new Sunday swimming policy was created to keep families together. Under the new policy, family groups and non-family swimmers entered three separate doors. Family groups were admitted first. If pool capacity was not reached, individual swimmers were then admitted.

The Moores Park Pool is one of the few remaining Wesley Bintz-designed pools in the country. Wesley Bintz came to Lansing from Flint in 1920 to serve as a structural engineer with the city engineer’s office. Under his direction the Moores Park Pool was built, as well as five bridges: Elm Street, Main Street, Saginaw Street, Seymour Street and Shiawassee Street. After 1923, he decided to design pools full-time and began the Bintz Pool Company. The most unique feature of a Bintz pool was the incorporation of the changing rooms into the pool’s structure. The Moores Park Pool was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.