The Percy Walker Pool is a 6 lane by 25-yard pool with diving spring board. There are steps in the shallow end as well as step ladders around the pool. The shallow end of the pool is 4 feet and the deepest is 12 feet. The Percy Walker Pool is equipped with a handicap accessible chair to get in and out of the pool. The Pool also has starting blocks behind each lane and backstroke flags for lap swimming and meets. There is ALWAYS a Lifeguard on Duty.
The Men and Women’s Locker Room each have 80 lockers, 6 benches, one big private changing area, and 2 smaller private changing rooms. There are 2-bathroom stalls and one handicap bathroom stall. There are 3 private showers, 3 open showers, and 1 handicap shower. The facility also has a family changing room with a handicap shower. There are 2 handicap parking spaces as well as 22 parking spaces.
The History of Percy Walker Pool
The Percy Walker Pool was donated unanimously to the Town of Duxbury in 1975 and opened in 1976. The natatorium area of the facility is a six lane 25 yard long pool with a diving board in the deep end. The water depth ranges from four to twelve feet. The Pool was originally built with diving blocks for swim meets in the shallow end, the pool water was heated by heating the air, people showered in gang shower area, there was no handicapped lift and no windows poolside. These items were but a few that needed to be addressed and was put in front of the voters for their approval.
In 2010 the pool underwent a 2.2 million dollar renovation, approved by the voters at Annual Town Meeting that corrected most of these outdated needs. Since then patrons have enjoyed: individual showers, a family changing rom, large windows facing south creating natural light in the natatorium, a new HVAC system in the locker rooms and natatorium area, new diving board and various unseen filtration upgrades. In 2019 a large fundraising effort led by the Recreation Director and the Duxbury High School swim team led to the installation of brand new racing platforms for our perennial State Champion teams, and all pool swim teams to use.
The Percy Walker Pool is a cherished municipal asset used by thousands of swimmers every year.