June 6, 2008
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Back “in the swim”

Editor's note: This feature is brought to you by the Laboratory's Archives and Research Center.

With summer only weeks away and the warm weather coming, here is a look back at the Lab’s early days when the swimming pool served as a popular respite for employees and their families on a hot afternoon.

The pool’s history dates back to the 1940s, when the site was a naval air station. The pool served as the location for the ditch-and-recovery training of many pilots. It was remodeled and reopened in June 1966. The original pool had been covered and enclosed.

In later years, the swimming pool was managed by the Livermore Laboratory Employee Services Association (LLESA). It closed in June 2004 due to structural problems.