Linda–This was captured from an 8 mm movie film that iIshot in the summer of 1963 at Riverside Park. There seems to be another swimming area on the other side of the river? Perhaps some landscaping? There is more footage and perhaps a view of the old boathouses that existed between the park and the canoe club. The clarity is not nearly as good as with 35mm. Have a great weekend!Larry
These photos are easy to date as the 2 ladies in the first photo are pregnant and my nephew was born in Oct. and my son in November, so this is likely a very hot day in Aug. Unfortunately, my method of capturing these stills (from 8mm) does not provide the clarity that I would like.In all I captured approx. 50 photos but due to the fact that they are 8 mm many are similar-a few frames apart. I chose the ones I am including by the backgrounds they provide-boathouses, Hawthorne and I believe Findlays in the distance. The last photo(smaller file) shows a girl that could possibly be identified?
Kelly Millar NeronThe town gave swimming lessons every summer for children
Ted HurdisAlmost every day was spent right there
Sue JohnstonLoved when my mom or dad took us swimming.. time always went way to fast
Julia Waugh GuthrieI remember early and I do mean early swimming lessons in cold water. Best of times….
Janet KerryThat was alway’s where most people went swimming. When the camping was there you always met a lot of people.
Lorelei BruntonHad swimming lessons there as a child and then worked for five summers as a lifeguard and swimming instructor. Lots of memories!
Kelly Millar NeronMy husbands family ran “the booth” for a few seasons when it was over near the campground area
Tom MontreuilLoved that booth
Larry ClarkThis is Riverside Park in 1963. Much different than when i learned to swim there- about 1942. There were log booms delineating the swimming area (s). I think they separated a shallow and deeper area?. If my memory is correct there was a drop off where the middle boom was situated. I learned to swim one day when a wave from a passing boat lifted my foot from the bottom (I was keeping one foot on bottom as I attempted to swim). Of course, my initial swim took place under water and from then on spent most of my time there. Bought my first scuba gear in 1960 and haven’t kept my head much above water since then
Before Riverside park, there was Caldwell’s Saw Mill. Located approximately where the beach is now, this saw mill operated from 1869 to 1891. It was later run as the Cavers Sash and Door Mill. The town purchased the property in 1904 for use as a public park. This photo was taken that same year, perhaps shortly before the building was demolished. Look across the river… nothing or barely nothing.– Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum