TBT: Fun in the sun at Detroit's Brennan Pool

A little less than 70 years ago, the Brennan Pools in Detroit's River Rouge Park hosted the U.S. Olympic swim team trials. But, almost a full decade before that, the pools were already a hot spot for Detroiters.

In the photo above, families splish splash in the water while more are lingering on the sidewalk and cement that surrounds the cool water in one of the Brennan Pools at Detroit' River Rouge Park in 1947.

The two Olympic-sized pools once hosted the U.S. Olympic swim team. That was site for the trials of the 1956 Olympics. For 55 more years, the pools remained open. That was until 2011 when the city, drowning in debt, closed the pools.

The closure lasted just a few years. Last summer, the Lear corporation donated $5 million to help renovate and reopen the Albert Kahn-designed pools and bathhouse. This summer, they'll once again be home to summer fun in the sun.

FOX 2 thanks the Detroit Historical Society for providing this and all of our Throwback Thursday stories.

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