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Historic Name:Glen Park Municipal Swimming Pool
Reference Number:07000542
Location (Address):355 Park Street
City/Village:River Falls
Glen Park Municipal Swimming Pool
355 Park Street, River Falls, Pierce County
Architect: Hagestad, Herman T. (engineer)
Date of construction: 1937

The Glen Park Municipal Swimming Pool complex was completed as a Federal jobs program project during the Great Depression. Construction began in the winter of 1933-1934 when President Franklin Roosevelt's administration rushed to get the unemployed to work during the first months of a new program - the Civil Works Administration (CWA). After heating the frozen ground with wood fires, workers excavated with pick axes and hauled dirt by wheelbarrows to form an 8 foot-deep hole measuring 105 by 40 feet for the pool. The construction crew poured concrete beneath an enclosure heated by seven wood-burning stoves. CWA laborers worked split shifts earning less than $8 per week to complete the pool by spring. Funding dwindled and the project stalled while the new Federal bureaucracy reshuffled jobs programs. Work recommenced through the Public Works Administration and the Works Progress Administration in 1936 and the pool finally was completed in August 1937. Five hundred swimmers and more spectators lining the fence greeted the pool's opening.

The pool complex also contains a well-preserved Craftsman Style bath house that was typical of the designs used for specialized recreational buildings in many local, state, and national parks during the decade of the 1930s. River Falls engineer Herman T. Hagestad (1908-1959) engineered and designed the pool. It was among his early works for the city of River Falls. His career would eventually include holding the position of city engineer and several terms as River Falls mayor. The continued use of the pool complex in largely unaltered condition is testimony to the success of Hagestad's design and the quality of its construction.

The city of River Falls continues to operate the Glen Park Municipal Swimming Pool; it is open during the summer swimming season.

Period of Significance:1937-1956
Area of Significance:Community Planning And Development
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Recreation And Culture: Sport Facility
Architectural Style:Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Resource Type:Structure
Architect:Hagestad, Herman T. (engineer)
Architect:Luberg, Harry R. (builder)
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:06/05/2007
State Register Listing Date:10/13/2006
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:1
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:1
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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