Cleanup of the old McCormick Pool – the “Big T” – began in advance of draining and demolishing it. Built by the Works Progress Administration in 1940, the pool held lots of good memories but received its last young swimmers the night before.
It was leaking 15,000 gallons of water per day, and Missoula voters had approved a $435,000 bond issue for a replacement that June. Unlike the old T-shaped pool, the new one would be rectangular and big enough for swim competitions.
That one lasted until October 2006, when it was demolished after the opening of Splash Montana at Playfair Park and the indoor Currents, near the site of the old pool at McCormick Park.