The swimmobile was, as its name indicates, a mobile swimming pool equipped with filtration and chlorination systems that city workers brought to neighborhoods in 1967. Kids who otherwise couldn’t get to a pool or beach splashed about in the contraption, which looked like a semi-trailer cut in half and filled with water.
City Recreation employees carted the swimmobile by truck to various locations, used water from hydrants to fill it, then hauled it away at day’s end. The city also had porta-pools that were set up for longer periods of time at various sites.
Rochester’s swimmobile made rounds all summer long and notices were posted in the newspaper about the whereabouts. That continued until the early 1980s, said Jim Farr, the assistant director of recreation for the city of Rochester.
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