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Ah yes. About 25 yards to the right of the pool was a picnic table. Mom and Dad would take us there some sundays for swimming and a picnic, We’d go swimming while Dad set up the grill,Mom set the table. “Hey Mom,Hey Dad watch me” then jumping in ,splashing just having lots of fun on a summer Sunday afternoon. We would walk down to the tree line in the picture,the creek ran behind it,skipping stones for a bit. The hot dogs never tasted better. Life was so secure and simple then. I cherish those wonderful memories.Bob Dorcy
That creek that ran by Armco Park was not just any old creek. That was the renowned Slippery Rock Creek.
Pictures are amazing. If you'd asked me what the pool looked like a few minutes ago I wouldn't have remembered but the instant I saw this photo all sorts of fun memories came back from the late 60s early 70s. Thanks!
We went a lot; the only thing I can't remember is the make and model of car that got us there. It is a memory of childhood that is ancient yet still vivid. The whole park; starting with that imposing sign at the entrance. The pavilion; the kiddie pool; the grove to the left when you came in and the winding road which took you down to the pool and then the flats beyond and Slippery Rock Creek. And all of it a benefit for the men and women and families of those who worked for Armco Steel. Astounding in today's world!! Honestly, I want to go back just one more time. I've been told the Butler YMCA owns it now.
There used to be a diving board (possibly 2 of them) at the end of the pool where the red object is located in this picture. The Armco pool is where I learned how to dive. It was always a treat when my Dad and I went swimming there. My mother never learned how to swim so she would sit at a picnic table while we swam. Even as a child I realized how blessed our family was to have my Dad working at Armco.
Yes there was two diving boards, one was a high dive!
This place was great. I was back to Butler a couple years ago & saw that it was closed, neglected. So sad! So many great summers spent here, it was the go-to place for the kids in my neighborhood. Where do kids go now to swim?
"go to place for kids in my neighborhood"...do you mean Memorial Pool in downtown Butler? My understanding is that the old Armco Park is owned and operated by the Butler YMCA. Am I confused?
I don't remember the official name for it, we just called it "the Butler pool." Whichever one is now closed, that was it (at least, like I said, it was closed a couple years ago). I'd love to hear that it was open again!
Sue Wharton...the Butler Pool was the one downtown at Memorial Park, different from the Armco Pool pictured here. I've been gone from Butler for more than 20 years, so anything I know about the old Butler pool (and the Armco pool), I've learned from this blog. I believe the Armco Park complex was taken over by the Butler YMCA but I don't know if that's still true.And by the way, are you the same Sue Wharton who went to St. Paul School with me? Miss Duffy's class, maybe. If you're that same person, I remember you from an accident you had as a child...a long, long time ago!
You are correct!the Butler YMCA does run and own Armco Park. Open to public memorial day to Labor day. With special events in fall months
James, I wish I was more clear on the pool thing - but in any case, I am the one who went to school with you! I remember Mrs. Duffy's class, & also that I got a very bad burn that year and was out for quite some time. The good news is it healed perfectly & you'd never even know it happened! Good to hear from you. :)
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