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2012 - historic Milander Pool, opened in 1959 as Municipal Pool, reopens on May 10th after a year of major refurbishment
2011 Google Earth

2012 - historic Milander Pool, opened in 1959 as Municipal Pool, reopens on May 10th after a year of major refurbishment

4800 Palm Avenue, Hialeah, Florida


Hialeah's Municipal Pool was one of the South Florida's nicest pools when it opened in 1959 when I was 12 years old and I went there many times up through Hialeah High School where we had swim classes as part of Phys Ed. Municipal Park, Auditorium and Park were renamed to Milander Park, Auditorium and Park after the death of long-time Mayor Henry Milander in 1974.

The Google Earth image was taken in 2011 and shows the pool under reconstruction along with the new parking garage and the construction of the new Milander Auditorium complex.

Below is a Miami Herald article about the pool reopening after a year's closure for major repairs:

Posted on Monday, 05.14.12
HIALEAH
City reopens Milander pool after year of repairs


Milander Park pool in Hialeah is open again after a year of repairs.
BY CHRISTINA VEIGA
CVEIGA@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Barbara Sigler said the kids and parents in Hialeah’s swimming programs are like “family.” Now that family has its home back.

Milander Park pool was recently reopened after being shuttered for about a year as the city made major repairs. The Olympic-sized pool was leaking badly because its pipes were so old — 53 years old, said Parks and Recreation director Manny Ferrera.

“It eventually gave up,” Ferrera said of the pipes. “It rusted out and had leaks all over the place.”

Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez celebrated the reopening of the pool on May 10 by snipping a red ribbon with a pair of oversized scissors. He called the pool “part of the history of Hialeah.”

The smell of chlorine wafted in the air, and the sound of kicking feet and arms slapping against the water filled the area. Parents sat on bleachers and at tables covered by metal yellow umbrellas, watching their kids swim. Little ones with swim caps and fuzzy robes walked back and forth.

All of the plumbing repairs were done in-house to save money. The repairs cost $300,000, Ferrera said. An outside contractor would have charged $1 million for the work, he said.

While the pool was being repaired, 150 kids who play water polo and another 500 young swimmers had to be relocated to pools around the city.

“We’ve been all over,” Sigler said. “It was hectic. We’re glad someone paid attention and fixed it.”

Sigler said her 15-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son were relocated to another pool on the other side of the city while Milander pool was being fixed. They spent lots of time waiting between practices rather than make the long drive back and forth. It took a toll on the family — and the team, as it was left without a home, Sigler said.

She’s happy to be back at Milander.

“It’s the best pool we have,” Sigler said.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/14/2799064/city-reopens-milander-pool-after.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy


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Guest 11-Aug-2013 03:43
We swam here when our High school would have a meet with Hialeah High in the late 90s. We also, for a time practiced Swimming and Water polo. We would work hard in the pool and then have a 'frita' Cubana right next door. If memories of just 14 years ago make me nostalgic I cannot imagine the wonderful memories of those further out. -Aura
Ron Saams 17-Jul-2012 03:41
do they still walk to the field for pep reallies ? remember the dances at municiple auditorim. i remember running from my house over at lake tahoe with dan iannilli to all spring trainning + back home. we would accept a ride if offered.