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February 23, 2020

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Ada swimming north of town

By Paul Logsdon, University Archivist

Before the municipal pool was opened, Ada residents could cool off at the lake called Welcome Park.

The lake was formed when a quarry operated by Grant Tressel flooded.

In 1924 bath houses, bathing pools, a 50 x 100 foot pavilion, and facilities for baseball and tennis were added along with picnic grounds and rides.

By 1943, with WWI raging, the park closed permanently.

The buildings and rides are long-gone, but the lake still remains opposite the Liberty Conservation Club