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It was a scorching summer in the capital in 1973, when The Canberra Times reported a dramatic increase in the number of visitors to public swimming pools on this day 49 years ago. The National Capital Development Commission had been unsure of continuing to offer cold pools in the ACT after three or four summers of poor attendance had given the impression that the public had lost interest in swimming. But the summer of 1973 proved worth the investment as pool participation rose sharply. Swimming was allowed in Lake Burley Griffin that year, but that did not stop people from going to the pool. The NCDC still had no plans to build more cold swimming pools in Canberra. ACT’s advisory adviser, Mr Ken Fry, said they would plan for the new Tuggeranong pool to include both cold and heated pools. The cold pools in Canberra over the summer saw an attendance of 80,851 at Phillip and 69,813 at the Olympic pool, a significant increase over the previous year, with 46,793 and 30,503 participants in each pool, respectively. Manuka Pool had seen an increase of at least 50 percent. The NCDC sought to include a 25-meter heated pool in its budget next to the Civic’s Olympic Pool. See trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/11959120 Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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