Mayor Barlow Announces New Slides at City Swimming Pool

OSWEGO – Mayor Billy Barlow today (June 27) announced the Charles E. Gallagher City Public Pool will open on July 1.

Barlow also announced a new large slide with three different slide arms will be constructed at the pool in the coming weeks.

The new slide comes after several other additions and improvements to the pool area in the last three years including a sand pit and a handicap accessible splash pad.

Mayor Barlow and the Common Council also made the pool free to city residents last summer and reduced the fee for swimming lessons.

“The Charles E. Gallagher Swimming Pool is a great amenity for our children and families. I’m excited to build the brand new, large slide to make the pool that much more fun and fresh for our children who look forward to playing at the pool all summer long. For some kids, playing at the pool is the highlight of their summer and the new slides will only enhance their experience,” Barlow said.

“By eliminating entry fees, reducing the price of swimming lessons and continuing to improve the facility, we are making the city swimming pool more accessible to all Oswego families and giving our children more to look forward to during their summer vacation,” he added.

Public swimming is Monday through Friday 12:30 – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon – 7 p.m.

Family swim is Monday through Friday 5 – 7 p.m.

Children can also enroll in the Learn to Swim Program for swimming lessons at $10 per session for city residents.

Sign-ups will be held on Sunday June 30 from 1 – 3 p.m. and Monday July 1 at 9 a.m.

Lessons begin on Monday July 1 at 10 a.m.

The pool is located at 6 E. Seventh St.

For additional information or questions, please contact the City of Oswego. For additional information please contact the pool at 315-343-3670.


  1. Why do we need this? Aren’t the Broadwells putting in water slides?? This would probably be for the people that can’t afford to use the slide at Quality Inn. In conflict with the mayor’s best friends and bid donors….

  2. Joe,
    Why don’t you support good things happening in Oswego for Oswegonians? When I was a child, I lived on the lower east side just across the tracks from the ice rink. We were a very poor family, and did not have a lot of things. The pool, and the fort complex were a huge deal for us as children. I support ANYTHING that improves the city, and in turn it’s residents lives. “Why do we need this?” Well Joe, because it matters to people, and it improves the City. Believe it or not Joe, some children are from poor families. Some children, Joe, really appreciate those nice things, and it improves their lives. Yes Joe, a simple slide can really make a difference in some ones life. I thank the taxpayers of Oswego for purchasing this slide for the City of Oswego’s enjoyment. Oswego has wonderful parks and I have appreciated them my entire life. Thank GOD someone cares enough to notice.

  3. Joe Grouch, Leave your negativity at the curb. This is a boost for the children of our city, what are you complaining about?
    Thanks again Mr. Mayor for being progressive!! kudos!!

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