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When the children left, about 10 staff got in for a last splash, and then yesterday, it was drained for the last time, Dunedin City Council aquatics manager Nicola Jukes said.
The pool, which officially opened on December 4, 1937, closed at the weekend to make way for a modern facility with lap lanes, learners’, toddlers’, and hydrotherapy areas, and a spa pool.
While Saturday was probably the busiest day of the year at the pool, it was a celebratory end of an era.
On Saturday, Ms Jukes’ day at the pool began with a morning tea for about 30 regular users who shared stories about the community asset.
It was very emotional, Ms Jukes said.
Before there was concrete surrounding it, grass lined the pool’s edge.
And before it was covered, Mosgiel’s youth would sunbathe beside it.
The new $15million year-round pool, to be built in the pool’s place at the west end of Memorial Park, is due to open late next year.
"And it will be a wee bit warmer," Ms Jukes said.