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04-28-2009, 08:04 PM
|category2=Buildings with Retail Space
|project=Paseo Plunge restoration
|address=3010 Paseo Dr. (
|status=under construction
|owner=John Belt
|sq. feet=19,894

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John Belt's renovations, well underway, aspire to add a restaurant to the property and take advantage of the balcony for outdoor live music throughout the year
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Paseo Plunge website (

04-30-2009, 08:29 AM
I went swimming there many times, back in the day.

My wife and I go across the street to Galileo's for dinner frequently.

Joe Kimball
04-30-2009, 12:57 PM
I've heard rumors but cannot comment at this time. Not trying to tease, but what I heard sounded promising.

Fair enough! I certainly don't want you to blow a cover---that there's something is mind for it is enough. :)

04-30-2009, 01:22 PM
Bring back the plunge!

04-30-2009, 01:47 PM
It's for sale.

Paseo Plunge CommercialOKC (

It looks like it's been pretty well gutted for warehouse purposes.

Looking at the pictures, I think it'd be tough to convert this building to any commercial/residential use. I could envision apartments done in the same manner as the 5th street lofts, i.e., parking on the first floor and living above that. Aside from that, I have a tough time envisioning a useful purpose for this building.

04-30-2009, 02:02 PM
I wonder what the asking price is.

05-01-2009, 02:22 PM
Wonder how many yards of dirt/fill it took to fill up the old pool?

Thanks for showing the pics.

05-01-2009, 05:19 PM
Holy smokes. I suddenly really, really want to own that Sussy's sign.

05-02-2009, 07:44 PM
I was thinking the same thing.

05-02-2009, 07:55 PM
Cool sign isn't it?

Doug Loudenback
05-03-2009, 09:37 PM
Here's what I said about the pool in a May 2007 Paseo article ... Doug Dawgz Blog: The Paseo (
The Pool. In 1933, a swimming pool was added called the "Spanish Village Plunge," and it hosted swimming and diving competitions, having its own team. A 1933 article in The Daily Oklahoman noted that use of the pool would be "free" to tenants of G.A. Nichols. A May 1955 Oklahoman article noted that the pool had been rebuilt and expanded to become, "The Jamboree Surf Club." Some Oklahoman articles identify the pool's address as "3008 Paseo," others say "3009 Paseo," but a 8/30/1955 article locates the pool at "NW 30th & Paseo." All things considered, the majority of the Oklahoman's articles place the location at NW 29th & Paseo, though with slightly varying addresses, as noted. On edit and some further research, I'm quite satisfied that the pool was (actually, still is) located in the space shown as building "20" below:

As said above, the "pool" that took the place of the "Spanish Village Plunge" was the "Jamboree Surf Club."

It appears that the "new" pool's life was brief under its 1955 name. Shortly after the "Jamboree Surf Club" had its open house in July 1955, a severe wind storm blew through the city and an 8/30/1955 Oklahoman article reported that a large concrete block wall at the pool was, "toppled by slamming winds." I could locate no references to the "Jamboree Surf Club" after the August 1955 storm. But, in 1956 and continuing through 1958, ads like the following were frequent during the summer months ... now, the "Paseo Plunge":

After summer 1958, no such ads appeared. The last Oklahoman article I could locate which described the pool as an "alive" entity was an 8/24/1960 note saying that, "Pilot Club of Oklahoma City will have a swimming party ... at Paseo Plunge." Articles after this note refer to the pool in the past tense.

Some articles (the retrospective kind) indicate that the pool was "indoor". I learned today from one very knowledgeable about the whole Paseo area that, while exterior security walls were apparently originally in place, it didn't originally have a roof and wasn't "enclosed", so to speak. I don't presently know when the roof was added to enclose the pool altogether -- the "Jamboree Surf Club" certainly doesn't give that impression, does it? The "building" containing the pool is not presently occupied and is "for sale".

At the moment, this former "pool" property has got to be one large negative to The Paseo today. It is large, it is empty, it is in disrepair, and it will take significant investment to change all of that. Here are some "today" images ... click on a pic for a larger image.

The Exterior On The Paseo, Looking East

Looking Through A Window, Looking Up

From Dewey, Looking West

While the pool must surely have been cool in its day, it now stands out as an unmistakable blemish on all the progress that has been made.
It doesn't seem that anything has changed over the past 2 years.

The Sussy's sign is neat, but I doubt that it was from the large Sussy's on the west side of Lincoln ... too small. That was a cool restaurant.

05-05-2009, 11:39 AM
We looked at it about 6 years ago and I still love that building. One problem we faced was the cost of renovation and the concrete ceilings. I would still love to have it. When we toured it there was still a ton of old stuff in there like all the old coffee mugs from Sussy's and the papers from the private dance club it was at some point. There were still tons of old record albums and all kinds of great treasures.

05-11-2012, 12:29 PM
thought this thread was about someone falling down the elevator shaft again

07-31-2014, 10:57 PM
Shakespeare in the Park is going to the Paseo Plunge.

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08-01-2014, 12:52 PM
sorry can't watch the video, in addition to the myriad or instead of?

08-01-2014, 02:38 PM
Thats great news..if they could get a decent size theater built in there that is flexible it would be a great use of the space and a great location.
This would be instead of the myriad it seems.

08-01-2014, 02:58 PM
yeah but I kinda like the myriad venue.

oh well. i'm sure this will rock as well.