Ivyside Park - Penn State Altoona - Altoona, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member r.e.s.t.seekers
N 40° 32.414 W 078° 24.426
17T E 719586 N 4490951
Quick Description: Ivyside Park had the largest concrete swimming pool in the world. It held 3 million gallons of water and was 650 feet long and 186 feet wide. It could hold 5000 swimmers. Ice skating was available in the winter.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 7/8/2021 7:46:03 AM
Waymark Code: WM14H28
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
Views: 1

Long Description:
Ivyside Park was a tract of land which was purchased by E. Raymond Smith, a pharmacist, and Harry C. Gwin, a realtor and civil engineer, in the summer of 1923. The intention was to build an amusement park featuring a large pool at its center. Work on the pool began shortly after the purchase went through; this pool would be the largest all concrete pool constructed in the world.

The pool opened in August 1924, while other amusements were slated to be installed in 1925. These amusements included a carousel, an airplane swing, and a roller coaster named Sky Rocket. Over the next few years, the park added a number of other attractions, including a Ferris wheel and a Dodg’em bumper car ride. The park operated under the leadership of Smith until his death in 1945.

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Date Park Opened: 8/1/1924

Date Park Closed: 1/1/1946

Address:
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA
16601


Current Use or Function:
The Pennsylvania State University, Altoona campus


Is the park still there?: No

If not, what is in its place now?:
The Pennsylvania State University, Altoona campus


Visit Instructions:
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