From Council Member Jim Graham:
“We have another solid step forward in progress for Columbia Heights~~~~ something very special has now been finished is about to be used by the public.
And that is the swimming pool at Cardozo high school built in 1915 and shuttered for many years. It has now been completely restored! I recently visited to see the fine work that had been done.
I ask you–how many communities have a 100 year old pool back in service?
If you permit me a brief commercial message – the pool was not part of the planned restoration of Cardozo high school and was to be mothballed until such time as the money was available for rehabilitation.
I’m pleased to say that I was able to locate the million dollars that reversed that decision and made the pool restoration possible with the rest of the high school.
Special word of thanks to Mayor Vincent Gray, Alan Lew our City Administrator and Brian Hanlon the director of the Department of General Services. And of course all the people who worked on this
Community use will begin in October– I’m told– with both early morning and evening swim hours”
Ed. Note: Thanks to a twitter follower for tweeting us some historical photos of how it used to look.