More than sixty years ago, the Wyoming Swim Club celebrated its inaugural year. The concept, as we know it, was born at the Junior Women’s Club in the mid-1950’s. Soon thereafter, a committee was formed, enlisting 175 charter families fronting $300 per family to be part of one the few pools city-wide. In 1958, the newly constructed the “Patterson” pool, state of the art at the time,
opened to these families that not only donated financially but countless hours of physical work.
Over the years, membership nearly doubled, as a result, many more improvements, monetarily and voluntary hard work was completed to make the pool a friendly and warm place to spend the summer. In the 90’s, a member-driven capital campaign raised $100,000 to upgrade equipment and improve the bathhouse.
Once Jerry Scheele, who managed the club for 28 years, retired after the 1997 summer, the pool began its contract with the Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA. Until this point, there were only 3 managers since the Club’s inception. Under the Wyoming Swim Club Board’s direction, the pool remains under YMCA’s Operating Agreement in conjunction with the members.
By 2006, it was clear the pool was deteriorating significantly. Two years later, the Board proposed to the membership an estimate of $135,000 needed to renovate the pool. Their vision was to build on the club’s strengths, the great location on 5.5 wooded acres and a tremendous community of close-knit families who love their club.
Memorial Day weekend of 2008, “Wyoming’s Backyard Getaway” opened with new shaded areas, a modernized pool with state of the art gutters, a bright, renovated bathhouse and a new, easily accessible entrance. New social and aquatic programs were established, high-speed internet access installed, and of course, reopened
Sharky’s Snack Bar.
The member driven club continues to grow and evolve, keeping the spirit of the founders and Charters families; it is their pool. The aquatic programs, including the week long, swim camps, weekly activities and swim lessons, have continued to be a favorite among the younger children. For those interested in swimming and diving with friends, the Swim Club is the proud home of the Swordfish Swim and Dive Team. The basketball court, gaga pit, ping pong and other games keep everyone entertained outside the pool.
The deck and the grills are always a great gathering place to eat and laugh with family and friends. Countless birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, and sports parties have been held on the deck available to members for private rentals. Food Truck Fridays have given many an excuse to relax poolside after a long week with friends, free of cooking, all while letting the kids burn off some energy. From the kick-off weekend festivities through Labor Day, whether it’s a social party, a private party, swim lessons, camps or just hanging by the pool, there is something for everyone.