It's a sure sign that the end of summer is coming way too fast. Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation Department is announcing the closing dates for some of the pools in town.

It seems like they just opened. Right?

According to Pigeon 605, the Parks & Rec department told them that many of their lifeguard staff are heading back to college or have other fall activities they are committed to.

Every year, our goal is to keep one or two pools open until the Sunday prior to Labor Day.” - Jean Pearson, recreation program coordinator for Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation

Here are the pool closing dates you should know about:

  • Frank Olson Pool- August 7.
  • Drake Springs Family Aquatic Center and McKennan Wading Pool - August 12.
  • Terrace Park Family Aquatic Center and Kuehn Pool - August 14.
  • Laurel Oak Family Aquatic Center - September 4.

Here are a few other things swimmers need to know:

  • Drake Springs lap swimming and water walking will continue weekdays from 11 AM  to 12:50 PM through August 19.
  • Laurel Oak will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 8 PM from August. 15 through September 4.
  • Pioneer Spray Park will be open from 11 AM to 8 PM daily through September 4, weather permitting.
  • Mido Aquatic Center at 1601 S. Western Avenue, will be open from 5:30 AM to 8 PM on weekdays, 7 AM to 6 PM on Saturday, and noon to 5 PM Sunday. The 50 Meter competition pool is currently under annual maintenance and unavailable through August 19. The recreational pool, warm water pool, and outdoor splash pad remain open.

It's sad to see summer swimming becoming a memory, but there is always next year!

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Flashback 1992: Inside Sioux Falls Old Washington High School

The modern marvel that is YouTube never ceases to amaze me. Sure, there's plenty of garbage there, but you can also find some gems.

Like this video from 1992. It's a sort of video time capsule of the old Washington High School in Sioux Falls. If you came to The Queen City in the last couple of decades, you may only know the building downtown as the Washington Pavilion, a center of Sioux Falls arts and culture.

Before it was the Pavilion, the corner of Main Avenue and 11th Street in Sioux Falls was home to many of the city's schools for most of the 20th century.

Built on the site of the former Central School, WHS's first class of 328 students started in 1908. It was the only high school in Sioux Falls until Lincoln High was completed in 1965.

The class of 1992 was the last class of Sioux Falls to graduate from the old Washington High. That fall the new WHS, constructed on N. Sycamore Ave on the east side of the city, took over the name and educational mission.

Check out the shots below for a flashback to 1992.