Queen Elizabeth Pool (old location)

Queen Elizabeth Park Road

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Connecting to Black History in Edmonton

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I used to take my children swimming at the Queen Elizabeth Pool. In the summer of 1988, I noticed this big chalk board near the change rooms. I went over to have a closer look. The information on the board was regarding the history of mixed race bathing in Edmonton. That is when I found out that Queen Elizabeth Pool was the first location where Black Edmontonians were allowed to swim in a public place managed by the City of Edmonton.

So, I explained the information to my four and five year old children - they both remember hearing this story. At the time I told my children that this obviously why we had come to this pool, because it was the first place that people like us could swim in public. When the City closed the pool, some years later, I joined the community group that lobbied the City of Edmonton to rebuild the pool. The group was also involved in designing the new pool and deciding on the new location for Queen Elizabeth Pool.

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