Book on Tempe Beach Park is Kiwanis Mtg. Topic

Sally Cole

SALLY COLE, Tempe author of “Alligators in the Baby Pool — Remembering Tempe Beach’ speaks Thursday Feb. 13 at the Kiwanis Club of Tempe’s weekly meeting at Shalimar Country Club Restaurant, 2030 E. Golf Avenue, Tempe (Country Club Drive, just north of Southern Ave.). Public invited to Kiwanis. Meal is $14.  (

Sally’s book is the historical account of the old Olympic-sized fill-and drain swimming pool built in 1923 and razed in 1963. Tempe Beach pool, with its distinctive river-rock WPA-built bathhouse, and the park, surrounded by a matching river-rock fence, were the heart of old Tempe: the site of parties, picnics, festivals, and many a rendezvous. In Alligators in the Baby Pool, Cole interviews those who remember the pool in the sixties, fifties, and even the forties. She also chronicles the 23-year-long fight to maintain the pool’s segregation—how civic leaders manipulated leases and ballots to maintain the pool’s Anglos-only policy, until returning Mexican-American WWII veterans won their battle to integrate the pool in May of 1946. Using photographs from the Tempe Daily News, and from museum and personal collections, Alligators in the Baby Pool highlights key moments in the history of the pool and draws from interviews with longtime Tempe residents to recreate the city’s past. Sally lived in Tempe from third grade through high school at TUHS (Class of 1967), graduated from Colby College in Maine, got an MA in English at UCLA, and ended up ABD from the University of Florida. She spent twenty-eight years teaching English in New Orleans. She is also the author of “Leaving New Orleans.”

Copies of Sally’s book will be for sale.

New Adopt-A-Park Program

By:  East Valley Tribune

Annoyed by litter in the park? Weeds sprouting along a street? Graffiti covered signs and walls? You can help enhance the appearance, safety and cleanliness of Tempe by volunteering for the city’s Adopt-A-Street, Adopt-A-Park and Adopt-A-Path programs. Tempe does its best to keep things clean and tidy, but can always use some help.

These year-round programs are perfect for neighborhood groups, community organizations and local businesses. Or, get together with some of your friends by forming your own volunteer group.

According to the city’s website, most Tempe multi-use paths, major streets and some side streets are available for adoption, as well as Tempe’s 48 parks.

Check out videos on the program at Also at that website, you can learn which streets, parks and paths are available for adoption and other information.

So get your group together, roll up your sleeves and do something to help the environment and your community. Besides, as the city’s website says, “you’ll be surprised by some of the things you’ll find.”

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