History

The Conway Community Swimming Pool is one of the finest examples of community cooperation in the history of the town. The idea for the pool is said to have originated with Leon Germain. In 1949 he found that a site suitable for a pool was available on Pumpkin Hollow brook. A group of Conway men decided to go ahead with the project. Plans, equipment, and labor from as many as fifty or sixty men at a time were contributed. The project was completed in less than two months. The cost, which would have been more than twenty-two thousand dollars if the work had been hired, was less than forty-five hundred dollars. Money was raised by card parties, suppers, and contributions. The pool was dedicated on July 4, 1950, with Archibald MacLeish as the main speaker. An annual food sale and contributions provide funds for swimming instruction and for maintenance of the pool.

[Lee, Deane (1967). Conway 1767-1967. Amherst, MA: The Newell Press.]


[Conway 200th Celebration Newspaper (1967). Conway 1967.]