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The academic year has ended and summer is upon us.  For our final From the Archives post until fall, we present a campus photo that fully embodies summer.  Do you remember where on campus you could find this scene?  What’s there now?

UPDATE:

This outdoor swimming pool was part of the Recreational Gymnasium, which was completed in 1957 and later renamed the Recreational Sports Center. The pool’s site west of the center now is occupied by the Morgan J. Burke Boilermaker Aquatic Center, which was completed in 2001 and adjoins the Co-Rec. The Co-Rec underwent a major renovation and expansion approved in 2008, and it was rededicated in 2012 as the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center.

Recreational Sports Center, circa 1960s

The pool photograph was taken on August 27, 1980, just as these students had arrived on campus for the academic year. Beyond the pool at right is the Purdue fire station, and across Third Street are Meredith and Shreve Residence Halls. Both are visible in the background of the full photo.

When the anniversary of this photo rolls around in three months, we’ll be back with more From the Archives.

19 Responses to “From the Archives Photo Challenge Part 5”

  1. Kristie

    Co-Rec outdoor pool and diving pool/well from the 1980s.

  2. Ron

    Co-Rec across the street from Smalley. circa late1970’s. Currently the location of the Cordova Rec exercise area south end.

  3. Kris Webster

    Co-Rec swimming pool. They also used it in the winter as an outdoor skating rink, I think? I believe. The new addition to the rec center is currently in this space.

  4. Debbie

    The Co-Rec swimming pool before renovations created an in-door pool.

  5. Jeff Guingrich

    Outdoor Pool At Corec ,which is where the Boilermaker Aquatic Center is now, the basketball is where they flooded in the winter for ice skating

  6. Steve

    This is where the current Aquatics Center is located. Top right corner of the photo is the fire station and whatever the building is at the top left (pump house?, electric room?), you can now see when you are in the spa…

  7. Ellen R.

    The Co-Rec outdoor swimming pool. Either the Aquatic Center or the TREC stands there now. It was a great pool!

  8. Roseanne

    If it wasn’t raining, I would spend every day at this outdoor pool….in the early 1960’s. Not sure when they replaced it with the corec. Lots of memories.

  9. Kris K

    It is the Co-Rec outdoor swimming pool. The adjacent basketball court was flooded in the winter for ice skating.
    The Boilermaker Aquatics Center occupies the space now.

  10. Stephanie F

    I recall swimming in the outside Co-Rec pool the fall of 1997.

  11. Lorraine

    Definitely the outdoor co rec pool, which also served as the ice rink in the winter, and was later replaced by the aquatic cwnter. The hairstyles and basketball short length suggest early 1970’s. but the fact that the girls swimsuits are almost all one piece suggests a little earlier, maybe late 60’s (unless there was a rule in place banning two pieces there).

  12. Mindy Hart

    It was outside the co rec. Used to do a summer camp in it.

  13. Paul B

    This was the outdoor pool where the co-rec is. The photo is facing SW. The basketball court shown became a huge ice rink during the winter, where the hockey club used to practice. They had to go to the Indy area once this was removed for the aquatic center. Based on the guys all wearing very short shorts and long tube socks, I would think this photo is 1975-78 era.

  14. TOM SANBORN

    ENJOYED SWIMMING AND DIVING OFF THE HIGH BOARD INTO THE LITTLE DIVING POOL DURING SUMMER SCHOOL (A HOT ONE) OF 1964 AND LEFT FOR WISCONSIN AND COEDS THAT FALL FOR GRAD SCHOOL!

  15. John McShane

    Co-Rec.

  16. BrianB

    CoRec center, 1967

  17. Marti Schmidt

    @ Co Rec. This is where I learned how to play cribbage in the summer of ’68.

  18. Randy Bond

    That was the CoRec pool. It was between the CoRec building and the fire station. The aquatic center is there now.

  19. Sue DeNuccio

    Co-Rec.

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