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Southbridge, Massachusetts

Southbridge - Then and Now
Skating at the Rez - 1954 Don Whitney slides

The Rez in 1954/1955
Photos by Don Whitney

The Rez - 1954 Don Whitney photo

At the left is my sister Sue, myself (Dick Whitney) and my mother Jan - 1954

The 3 photos above by Don Whitney were from 1958, when Moms brother Don Stillman and family
visited Southbridge and skated at the Rez!

Summer ~ 1957 - Don Whitney photo

December 26, 2000

Photos of the Rez taken March 13, 2016 - Dick Whitney

The Rez History

1938 -  Due to floods of 1938,  a 9’ dam was constructed at this site.  National Dam # MA02376;  State ID# 3-14-278-11

1942 – Town’s Swimming Pool Committee plans and purchases land to use as a Town Pool

 Sometime between 1942 and 1946 – Town Pool is open

1948/1949 – steps from bath house to water are constructed

 Early 1980’s =- Town pool closed due to low attendance and budget cuts.

 1988 – Cost Estimate prepared to make necessary repairs at Town pool if the Town were to reopen.

 1999 – Plans  developed to fill in pool and use area as a recreation/sports field

Maureen Ciesla
Chief of Engineering Services
Southbridge Department of Public Works
(Provided via Ken Kalinowski - June 22, 2010)

Recollections of Skating at Carpenters Pond in the 1950's

From the AO / Optical Heritage Museum archives:

1935 plans for" the Rez "at the intersection of Everett and Elm! Note similarity to Rez layout

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