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16th December
written by Richard

Eyeing the murky, dirt-bottom lily pond in front of the wood lath Botanical Building, the Navy suggested using the 195 x 43 foot basin for swimming and boating lessons.  Balboa Park’s governing Board of Park Commissioners–eager to please their military guests–hastened to comply. . .

The story of the Navy Swimming Pool in Balboa Park.

The lily pond in Balboa Park


  1. 05/01/2011

    Seriously? Wow. Incredible.

  2. […] San Diego Public Library. Rick Crawford, who supervises that department, wrote an article about the lily pond’s wartime sacrifice a couple of years […]

  3. Patty gribben

    Hello my dad Joseph Leo gribben was one of the trainers to show them how to swim my father has past now from liver problems but iam very proud of him thank you patty

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