Park History

A pool party seemed appropriate for the occasion. City officials and New Territories Neighborhood Association members celebrated the re-opening of the New Territories Recreation Complex on May 22, 1997, with a pool party and grand opening celebration. The Neighborhood Association sold it to the City for $10,000 in back taxes after being unable to keep it open.

The purchase included four acres of land, a 1,000 square-foot community building, the pool, and four tennis courts. The Parks and Recreation Department renovated the building and surrounding grounds in order to meet public facilities' standards. Two of the tennis courts were converted to two basketball courts and a playground was later added.

The pool opened to the public on the following day, May 24, as did all of the City's 21 outdoor pools. The price of admission at that time was 25 cents for children ages 2 to 6; 50 cents for ages 7 to 13; and 75 cents for swimmers 14 and older.