Who Knew? Rumors that a beach once blanketed Sunlite Pool hold more than a few grains of truth

CINCINNATI - The Tri-State is home to many fascinating facts, offbeat oddities, and "I did not know that" moments. With that in mind, WCPO asks, "Who Knew?"

The sheer size and variety of its water slides give Coney Island’s Sunlite Pool bragging rights, but this iconic pool on the banks of the Ohio River has even more claims to fame.

WHAT IS IT? Sunlite Pool
WHERE CAN I SEE IT? Coney Island
WHO KNEW? Nedra McDaniel of the blog, “Adventure Mom”

In a Cincinnati summer tradition, families have been cooling off at Coney Island’s Sunlite Pool for generations. The pool has been open for nearly 90 years and holds the honor of being the largest re-circulating swimming pool in the world. We asked blogger Nedra McDaniel to tell us more. McDaniel makes her business to explore fun and offbeat destinations in the Tri-State and around the midwest. 

1. When did Sunlite Pool open?

Designed by W. J. Lynch of New Haven, Conn., the pool at Coney Island opened on May 22, 1925, but wasn’t referred to as Sunlite Pool until 1938.

2. How big is Sunlite Pool?

It measures 200 feet by 401 feet with over an acre of shallow waters. The deep end measures 10 feet deep and the shallowest part of the pool measures in at just eight inches deep.

3. How much water did the pool use?

In 1925, the pool contained 3.5 million gallons of water. Every hour 47,000 gallons of water were filtered and cleaned.

4. It’s so big, it’s almost like being at the ocean, isn’t it?

In fact, when the pool was constructed, there was a half-acre of sand beach on the west end of the pool.

5. What is a little-known fact about Sunlite Pool?

Sunlite Pool is considered the anchor of Coney Island, as it has been continuously open since 1925, even during the three-year gap in the 1970s when the theme park was closed for redevelopment. The pool was an attraction that helped Coney Island remain a popular summertime destination.

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Check back next week for another edition of "Who Knew?" If you have a tip, idea or question email: holly.edgell@wcpo.com.

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