Thresher Memorial Pool


Welcome to the Carpentersville Memories Thresher Memorial Pool Page.  Our goal is to bring back some fun memories of growing up in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.  


We bring back Memories you didn’t know you had

Did you learn to swim at Thresher Pool?

Many a person can remember when summer was around the corner. This meant it was time to buy a Dundee Township Park District (DTPD) pool pass. Pool passes going on sale was a sure sign that summer was upon us. This got a child and/or parent into any DTPD pool. This included Thresher and Haeger pools. A person could pay as they went. This worked better for visitors.

Who doesn’t remember how they got there. There were many modes of transport and many paths that could be taken. A person could get a ride, drive, walk, or bike to a local pool. Some went with family; others went with friends or met them there.

A new recreation center was built in 1982. A water park was added in 1993 next to the rec center. The pool was built in 1989 and was enclosed all year round in 1992. Also, land was acquired so that Randall Oaks could be expanded. This, plus high upkeep, are a couple of reasons why Thresher and Haegar pools became obsolete and were eventually closed.

Thresher Memorial Pool

This pool was named to honor the submarine U.S.S. Thresher (it sank April, 1963). This pool was built and opened on July 2, 1963. Leonard W. Besinger donated the land where the pool sat. A bond issue (approved by voters) was used to build the pool. The pool was one of the buildings run by the Dundee Township Park District.

The pool was located behind Meadowdale Shopping Center. This made the anchor store, Wieboldt’s, a great short cut from nearby homes. This pool was very popular. Some children called it an all-day ‘day care center’. A lot of people, including one of this website’s assistant developers, took swim lessons there.

There were two pools. One was a shallow pool. The other was a deep pool with 3 diving boards. There were life guards located at both pools.

Click on the links below to view the Thresher Pool PDF Files

1963 Thresher Pool Article (1)

1963 Thresher Pool Article (2)

1963 Thresher Pool Article (3)

1966 Thresher Pool Article (1)

1966 Thresher Pool Article (2)

We are always trying to add to the content of our website.  If you have any images, class photos or memory books to share please contact us.

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Images and Articles of Thresher Pool


What People are Saying

“I love this place !”

Lets me relive some of my childhood every chance I get

Cathy D.

“Fabulous memories came flooding back”

So much to see and so many memories, this is an amazing web site “

Dan K.

“Another amazing experience”

Always something new every time I visit the site

Clyde L.

“Speechless, worth every penny”

Couldn’t believe all there was to see for such a small yearly subscription, and complete Yearbooks too !!”

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