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Garden City's Big Pool Opens for Summer

The Big Pool in Garden City. (Photo credit: Kansas Sampler Foundation)

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — One of Garden City's biggest attractions is open for the summer.  KSNW-TV reports the city's Big Pool is filled with more than 2 million gallons of water and ready to accommodate swimmers — hundreds of them, more than the populations of some Kansas towns.  According to the Garden City Recreation Commission, the pool draws anywhere from 500 to 1,500 swimmers a day.  Dating to the 1920s, the pool is so big that as a promotional stunt, a small motorboat once pulled a couple of water skiers around the surface.  Western Kansas remains in a deep drought, but Garden City water superintendent Tony Hurtado says the pool isn't really a water hog. Once it's filled, the water is recycled and filtered. 

Garden City's Big Pool once had a claim to fame for being the largest, free, municipal, concrete pool in the world.  Now that an entrance fee is charged, it no longer has that title.




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