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CaptionThroughout its five-decade history as a public swimming destination Fleishhacker would be the setting of San Francisco’s most unique lores and legends; there was the story of the shark being sucked in through the 200-foot-long intake pipe coming from the ocean a stove discovered in the deep end of the pool when it was drained for maintenance and the disembodied hand reportedly found by a gardener floating in the pool. But the real amazing facts reside in the sheer size of the pool – 1000 feet long over 150 feet wide and 13 feet deep at its deepest point. The pool held 6 000 000 gallons of ocean water continually cleaned once every six weeks by becoming completely drained and sweeped and pumped clean. It had a capacity of 10 000 people. Years after its construction when Fleishhacker was asked by one of the pool’s lifeguards why he had built such a large pool he responded by telling the lifeguard to swim the entire length. When the lifeguard returned he responded “Did anyone get in your way?” The lifeguard said no; and Fleishhacker promptly replied “That’s why.” - http://www.terrastories.com/bearings/fleishhacker-pool-san-francisco --- --- --- After years of underfunding and poor maintenance the pool was showing some deterioration when a storm in January 1971 damaged its drainage pipe. Because the repair costs exceeded the City's budget the pool was converted to a fresh water pool which resulted in poor water quality. As a result of the poor attempt at conversion and resulting water quality the pool was closed by the end of 1971
HeadlineFleishhacker Swimming Pool [1925 - 1972] it could be seen from space The pool measured 1 000 by 150 ft [300 by 50 m] and accommodated 10 000 bathers.
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