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The Hollow Park is a rolling 35-acre landscape of trails & streams. People flock here to escape the urban environment right outside the park’s boundaries. Within this park I have seen picnics, family outings, the playground full of kids, joggers, nature enthusiasts, anglers keeping minnows in the stream, weddings, and photography.
However, as a local newspaper once stated, this park is rich in history. The Hollow was once one of the largest swimming pools in Ohio in the mid 1970’s. Any Piqua native 45-years or older would know that this was a fantastic adventure. On a hot summer day Piqua kids would flock to this spring-fed pool to cool off; the only down side was the long walk home at the end of the day. The pool opened in 1930 as part of an amusement park. Was later bought and enlarged to an enormous 300’ x 400’ pool having concrete walls and a sandy bottom. The pool had additions made to it over the years, including picnic areas and diving boards. The owners eventually died off and the city purchased the site from the family. Unfortunately, the city only had a chance to operate the pool for a handful of years before Mother Nature damaged the pool’s poorly constructed walls in a heavy rain. In 1977, the pool was officially shut down despite the efforts of the city to retain internal funds and funds from the state.
Over the years, the old pool property had been planned to be converted into a park with baseball diamonds & tennis courts and a possible site for the city dump. Yet, voters and city officials always kept in it in the back of their minds as something from Piqua’s past that couldn’t be pushed aside or erased. In the mid 1980’s, the land was converted to a park.
I personally had my senior photographs and my engagement/wedding photographs taken here. I took my wife here on our first date and I married her here close to 5-years ago under the shelter. I hope this park stays for many years to come.
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Last Updated: on 5/20/2015 2:17:47 PM Pacific Daylight Time (9:17 PM GMT)
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