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Douglass Park pool dedication, 1977

Posted on October 13, 2015 | in Uncategorized | by
As the new Douglass Park swimming pool was being dedicated on Wednesday July 15, 1977, Gary Combs, 9, Darryl Clark, 8, David Clark, 10, and Charles Combs, 12, waited outside the pool fence. The pool was built with funds made available through the Community Development Block Grant Fund. The new facility offered an aquatic program for neighborhood youth. Frederick Douglass Park was opened in 1916 when a prominent African-American grocer sold the 25 acre site to the city of Lexington for the purpose of establishing the first African-American park in the Bluegrass. In its early history, it staged multiple uses for the black community. Yesterday the city announced plans for the park's centennial celebration. Photo by Christy Porter | Staff

As the new Douglass Park swimming pool was dedicated on July 15, 1977, Gary Combs, 9, Darryl Clark, 8, David Clark, 10, and Charles Combs, 12, waited outside the pool fence. The pool was built with money made available through the Community Development Block Grant Fund. The new pool offered an aquatic program for neighborhood youth. Frederick Douglass Park was opened in 1916, when a prominent black grocer sold the 25-acre site to the city of Lexington to establish the first park in the Bluegrass to serve black residents. In its early history, it staged multiple uses. On Monday, the city announced plans for the park’s centennial celebration. Photo by Christy Porter | Staff

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