The Roland Municipal Swimming Pool opened it doors to the public for the first time on June 12, 1968.
The project was sparked by a donation of $10,000 from the estate of J. O. Twedt with the restriction that the money had to be used for a swimming pool. A $38,840 contract was let for construction of the pool itself. The land was donated by the Borden Corporation, which previously operated a creamery on the site. Together with the fencing, lights, bathhouse and landscaping it brought the total cost of the project to approximately $60,000. Through donations and fund raising of various sorts, the remaining funds needed to complete the Swimming Pool project were met and on June 12, 1968, the 82-1/2-foot x 42-foot swimming pool was opened to the public.
On September 25, 2000, the City Council awarded Peterson Construction, Webster City, IA, the contract to renovate the swimming pool at a cost of $447,883.
A ceremonial ground breaking on October 20, 2000, kicked off the beginning of the construction. During the next nine months the swimming pool underwent some major changes. The baby pool was removed, along with the east wall in the three-foot swimming area. The deck was removed along with the gutters and piping. The north and south walls, along with the deck were extended to give the swimming pool a zero depth entrance. New piping and stainless gutters were installed and the new deck was poured. Fun features added to the swimming pool were the geysers and the mushroom in the shallow end of the swimming pool.
There were some minor cosmetic and major equipment changes made to the filter house, and the bathhouse underwent some minor changes to make them more handicap-accessible and to meet state code. The office also received a face lift with new doors, counter tops and a couple coats of paint.
The swimming pool opened for the 2001 season on June 9, 2001, (almost a full month ahead of the construction schedule) and had its grand opening ceremony on July 13-14, 2001, with free swimming, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a beef burger supper, and the raffle drawing for the deep freeze and side of beef.
The Roland Pool continues to be a cool spot for kids and adults alike. More recent additions include an enlarged concession area and picnic tables covered by awnings. Deck chairs line the pool, and the zero depth entry is a popular spot for moms to keep an eye their toddlers. The pool is open from late May to late August.