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Forsythe Park  

Monroe, LA 71202
318-329-2440

Bordering the Ouachita River, this park offers fun and relaxation for people of all ages and includes a nine hole golf course, tennis courts, volleyball courts, softball and soccer fields, a children's park, picnic areas, and a public boat launch.

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Cheryl Bell
As a lifetime resident of Ouachita Parish, I remember the glory days of the public pool at Forsythe Park. It was a beautiful facility and I think that it is a shame that it has been allowed to fall into disuse. I wish that there was some way that it could be restored to its former glory so that it could be enjoyed by all. Instead of free admission as it used to be, I feel that people would gladly pay a membership fee in order to help pay for the upkeep to the pool. Thank you for your consideration.
Cheryl Bell at at 08:15PM, 2012/05/01.
Kit Odom
I lived in Monroe from the mid to late '70s. In my opinion, Forsythe Park began its downhill slide in about 1972 when so many of hundred+ year-old live oaks were cut down and more parking places made. I was there today (June, 2012) and was sorry to see that the pool had been closed and left to go to seed. I with Ms. Bell (who wrote eleven years ago) that a membership and admission could have been charged to save the pool.
Kit Odom at at 12:21AM, 2012/06/17.
Rex Robertson
I recently visited my old home town of Monrore,La . Lived there back in the 70's and was from originally West Monroe, La. I now live in Texas. Have alot of family there in both cities. I visited Forsythe Park. Seen some good changes and seen something there I thought I'd never see. A pool that was I thought so much fun! Swam there alot when I was a kid. Relizing too the up keep on something like that might be expensive.But if admission or membership funds would have been applied it might still be open. I tell you if that pool was still open I would have had to take a dip in it. Hopefully something good will become of it.
Rex Robertson at at 10:05AM, 2013/06/06.
Mark
I took my first Red Cross lifesaving coarse at that big pool in 1976. I was told it held a million gallons of water. Members of the class had to swim across the pool the short distance 15 times and back at the end of every class.

There was always slime and algae growing on the bottom of the pool. I was told it was built in the 1920's. Restoration would be expensive! Who could ever come up with the funds to restore it?

When I was kid, I used to climb the fence late at night and roam around the inside of the building. Somewhere, my name might still be etched into history.

It's sad, the last time I saw Monroe, the parks and levees were bound by ugly, tall fences and barricades.
Mark at at 01:57PM, 2014/03/11.
Michael nordan
The swimming pool at Forsythe park monroe Louisiana.was built in 1937 at a cost of 100,000 dollars.and was once one of the finest fresh water pools around.sad to say it would cost millions of dollars to brig it back to full operation.wish I had the money I would bring it back to the people of monroe and west Monroe Louisiana
Michael nordan at at 06:30PM, 2016/04/15.

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