Hawthorne Pool demolished

Demolition is under way at Hawthorne Pool, which closed in 2011 because of leaks.Bob Pennell / Mail Tribune

Heavy equipment reduced Hawthorne Park Pool to rubble this week, ripping away at summertime memories for a few local residents.

"I learned to swim in that pool," 60-year-old Medford resident Doug Croskell said this morning as he looked out on the work. "That's just really sad."

The pool, which opened on June 4, 1950, was closed in 2011 after city officials determined it was leaking 30,000 gallons a day.

Crews will continue demolition into next week.

— Damian Mann

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