Summer Fun in Tilden Woods since 1963


The Beginnings

In September of 1962, the Tilden Woods Citizens Association, a community organization for the brand-new Tilden Woods development, formed a Recreation Committee to investigate the possibility of building a community pool. The Recreation Committee issued a report in December 1962 with a plan for a pool in a wooded lot off Tilden Lane. It would be a Z-shaped pool consisting of 6 standard swimming lanes, a shallow end, and a diving well. Including a bathhouse and a separate wading pool for small children, the total cost for the project was estimated at $80,000. An agreement was made with Community Builders, the developer of Tilden Woods, to transfer the lot to the Tilden Woods Recreation Association. Raising the funds for construction involved seeking $300 shares from 160 families. By March 1st of 1963, the funds were in place, a contractor was engaged, and construction could begin. Work proceeded quickly and the pool was able to open for an abbreviated season at the end of the Summer of ’63.

Pool construction in 1963

TW Swim Team is born

In 1964, Catherine Ellett approached the board of directors of the Tilden Woods Recreation Association ahead of the first full pool season and asked to establish a swim team. The board told Catherine they didn’t think there was enough interest, but that she was welcome to try. Catherine organized a meeting a signed up over 100 youth swimmers in the first half hour. For the 1964 season, the TW Dolphins competed in dual meets against Old Farm and Pook’s Hill. In 1965, TWST joined the Montgomery County Swim League where it has competed ever since.

Cathereine Ellett and coach Bob Lunsford in 1965

The 1965 TW Dolphins