Almost 90 years later, Riverside Pool facility manager Dave McKenzie stands outside the community pool with a photo of its opening day on Saturday, November 19, 1927. Photo: Brittany Spencer.

90 years of Riverside Pool


Locals have been swimming, frolicking, and splashing around Riverside Pool for 90 years and facility manager Dave McKenzie is keen to mark the milestone with a look back in time.

This November, Riverside Pool is set to turn 90 years old while the slightly younger Nayland Pool will reach 40.

To celebrate, the pools are keen to collect photographs and stories of the two facilities.

“They could be memories from last week or from years ago, people who grew up here, swam here, and maybe even worked here.”

“There might be stories about superintendent Harry Davy who was quite a character, a funny incident or memories from one day, or there might be stories across several years. We’ve had people who learned to swim here as kids and now they’re doing aqua aerobics 60 years on.”

The person with the best story or photograph will receive a season pass to Nayland Pool.

Submit your stories/photographs by clicking on the History section at or hand it in to the team at Riverside Pool before Wednesday, November 1.