Ask Joan: Summer fun destinations edition

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Today’s Ask Joan takes a look at a couple of summer fun destinations about which readers are seeking more memories – first, Springwood Park and Pool; second, the former Meadowbrook Swim Club in the northeastern York County area.

Willard F. Kehr has these train tickets from 1943 and shared his memories of the ride from York to Springwood Park.

Willard F. Kehr has these train tickets from 1943 and shared his memories of the ride from York to Springwood Park.

1. I have these tickets from Aug. 15, 1943. We would pack a picnic basket and go to the railroad in the 400 block on East Market Street, get on the train and ride to Springwood Park. (We’d) get off the train at the swimming pool, eat our lunch and go swimming. Get back on the train and come to Market Street. I was wondering if anyone knew if there was a small store on Springwood Road that you could buy food and drinks? Also if the swimming pool is still there.
- Willard Kehr

Another reader, Barree Gable, also wrote in search of Springwood Pool info. Barree said, “What do you know about a swimming pool just outside of Yoe on the Springwood Road maybe in the ’50s or so – any pics? Some of us were talking and wondered if we could find some info.”

Well, the pool itself is no longer a going concern, and it’s on private property, so I definitely don’t recommend any trips to go in search of it.

In an earlier column, a reader shared you could see the stones from the corner of the pool from the road; following that, commenter Bill Greenawalt wrote and clarified, “What they are seeing is the step into the check room at the pool. It is not part of the pool. The pool is not visible from the road. Since this is private property, it is advisable that you not enter the area in search of the pool.”

But I do have another reader who has a photo of Springwood Park, and she and I are coordinating about that; hopefully I’ll be able to share it in a future column!

We have talked more about Springwood Pool in the past; to read more about it, I suggest you check out the following:

March 5, 2013: Ask Joan: Hollander’s, Springwood Pool and pizza (includes a few Springwood Pool photos)
April 19, 2013: More thoughts on Camp Betty Washington Road (includes a few details about Springwood Pool in some reader comments)

2. Another reader wanted to know if anyone has memories to share of Meadowbrook Swim Club, originally in the Saginaw area of northeastern York County. It was operated by the late Joseph Lowe and his son Harold “Ike” Lowe and family from 1952 to 1981. It was a busy area hangout and closed at the height of its popularity.

Jill Schaffner shared these photos from the former Meadowbrook Swim Club in Saginaw, run by her father and grandfather from 1952 to 1981.

Jill Schaffner shared these photos from the former Meadowbrook Swim Club in Saginaw, run by her father and grandfather from 1952 to 1981.

Jill Schaffner, daughter of Harold Lowe, was able to provide some more information; she said her brother Randy Lowe now lives on the site with his family now and the pool is a large pond. She was also able to provide the pictures seen above and below of the pool; the two featuring swimmers were taken in 1981.

Jill Schaffner shared these photos from the former Meadowbrook Swim Club in Saginaw, run by her father and grandfather from 1952 to 1981.

Jill Schaffner shared these photos from the former Meadowbrook Swim Club in Saginaw, run by her father and grandfather from 1952 to 1981.

Jill Schaffner shared these photos from the former Meadowbrook Swim Club in Saginaw, run by her father and grandfather from 1952 to 1981.

Jill Schaffner shared these photos from the former Meadowbrook Swim Club in Saginaw, run by her father and grandfather from 1952 to 1981.

Does anyone else have Meadowbrook Swim Club memories to share? I’d love to collect more information on this northeastern York County summer hot spot!

Got any questions? Ask Joan using the form at right. I’ll attempt to answer them in a future “Ask Joan” column on this blog. I get a large volume, but I will feature three each week and answer as many as possible!

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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One Response to Ask Joan: Summer fun destinations edition

  1. Cheryl Snyder Huber says:

    My family belonged to Meadowbrook Pool for many years, probably starting in the 50s. I remember a small baby pool for very young children and the larger pool for everyone else. The large pool ranged from about 2 1/2 feet deep at one end to 6 feet deep at the other. There was a juke box with a small dance area, a stream with trees and lots of picnic tables and a large area for various ball games. There was also a refreshment stand where my favorite was frozen Zero bars. My brother, sister and I all took swimming lessons at Meadowbrook. The water was quite cold, especially in June. We were told it was piped in from the nearby quarry.

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