Michigan Historic Preservation Network

SAVE MOORES PARK POOL

Architectural Assessment Fundraising Goal: $30,000

Matching Dollars: $15,000

All donations to the assessment will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor ($12,500) and Preservation Lansing ($2,500).

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Photo courtesy of Friends of Moores Park Pool Archives
Photo courtesy of Lansing State Journal Archives
J.H. Moores Memorial Natatorium, Lansing, Mich.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the J.H. Moores Memorial Natatorium—known as the Moores Park Pool—is a national treasure. The 1922 ellipsoidal fieldstone rock-ring structure, designed by Lansing City Engineer Wesley Bintz, is tucked into a hillside overlooking the Grand River and the iconic three stacks of Lansing’s Eckert Power Station. As the oldest surviving and longest-operating Bintz pool in the nation, it is important to preserve this public historic gem as an irreplaceable asset and community space for generations to come.

Significant rehabilitation is needed to bring the pool into the 21st century, while maintaining its historic charm. Initial funds raised will go to the architectural assessment of the pool, which the City of Lansing is conducting through WTA Architects. The completion and evaluation of the structural assessment will allow stakeholders to make critical decisions about the next chapter of the pool’s life.

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Moores Park Pool Preservation Project
J.H. Moores Memorial Natatorium, Lansing, Mich.
Photo courtesy of Lansing State Journal Archives

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the J.H. Moores Memorial Natatorium—known as the Moores Park Pool—is a national treasure. The ellipsoidal fieldstone rock-ring structure, designed by Lansing City Engineer Wesley Bintz in 1922, is tucked into a hillside overlooking the Grand River and the iconic three stacks of Lansing’s Eckert Power Station.

Using the Moores Park Pool as his prototype, Bintz founded Bintz Pool Company in 1923, and went on to build approximately 120 municipal pools across the country. Only 19 Bintz pools exist today, and just eight remain in operation. Learn more about the Bintz Pool legacy here.

Photo courtesy of Friends of Moores Park Pool Archives

For the past ten decades, the pool has provided summer recreation, swim lessons and athletic competitions, social interaction and relaxation to Lansing residents and beyond. However, years of maintenance and budget challenges have resulted in the pool’s decline. Significant rehabilitation is needed to bring the pool into the 21st century, while maintaining its historic charm. As the oldest surviving and longest operating Bintz pool in the nation, it is important to our history of place to preserve this historic gem as an irreplaceable asset and community space for generations to come.

The effort to preserve Moores Park Pool is led by the Friends of Moores Park Pool, a citizen advisory group committed to working with the City of Lansing, local nonprofits, business community and individuals interested in the future of Moores Park Pool through a public fundraising and awareness campaign.

Photo courtesy of Arlene Pritchard McDaniel

Initial funds raised will go to a architectural assessment of the pool, conducted by Michigan-based WTA Architects (WTA). WTA is known nationwide for the expertise they bring to projects to determine what is needed, what can be done and how to proceed with maintaining the longevity and dignity of buildings. Costs for the assessment near $60,000 total. To demonstrate the public’s commitment to the legacy of the Moores Park Pool, the Friends group is pledging $30,000 toward the assessment costs, payable to the City of Lansing.

Preservation Lansing and the Friends of Moores Park Pool have partnered with the Michigan Historic Preservation Network in this fundraising effort.