Many longtime Lake City residents learned to swim in the pool at the old Aqua Dive Swim and Fitness Club.
A few months back, a Facebook thread about the old swim club had people waxing nostalgic about the sound of kids echoing from the ceiling, swimming lessons, parties there, and of course the strong smell of chlorine that came from the facility.
There were lots of memories made in that old facility.
Today, the forgotten Lake City swim club, where generations learned to reach, pull and kick, was turned into a pile of rubble.
The building sat vacant for years after it was closed. The building had become a sort of magnet for illegal activity and had regular homeless encampments inside. A neighborhood effort got the attention of the current owner of the property, who agreed it needed to come down.
From a blog post when the facility permanently closed in 2006:
Lake City has lost a warm and welcoming community gathering place –not to mention the cleanest and clearest pool water found in our city. Nothing like a huge, over-sized sand filtration system (built when land was cheap) for clean water. Your locker rooms might have seen better days, but they had accumulated decades of stories and friendships. Your hot tub might have been intermittently hot in recent years, but it was always full of friends when your boilers ran full steam.
RIP AquaDive. You are irreplaceable to so many of us. We relied on your calm, warm water for rehab and friendship. We’ll miss you.