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Neighbors rally to save Memorial Pool

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Still no decision about the future of Memorial Pool that sits next to UW-L's Mitchell Hall.
It's 78 years old and needs a lot of work.

The Parks and Recreation Department says the city needs to come up with a plan for its future, possibly considering re-location or renovation.

The Parks Board of Commissioners is recommending the City Council vote to close the pool for the 2016 season with plans to hire a consultant to study the pool.

MORE: City board recommends Memorial Pool closure

The idea of closing the pool is causing some controversy generated by the neighborhood.    

Grandview Emerson Neighborhood Association Co-Chairman Jacob Sciammas said neighbors are willing to do whatever it takes to keep the pool open. They started a Facebook group which has over 300 likes.

Sciammas said the group wants to make sure the city keeps a pool of some sort in the area. Whether that means renovating Memorial pool or building a new one, he said families just want a place for their kids to swim. 

Sciammas said something needs to be done quick in order to save the pool.

"Making the investment that it takes to keep it open this summer and keep people engaged so we've got them coming saying here's what we want the pool to look like in the future and see if we can make a different knowing that it is really truly threatened," he said. 
The city has not officially closed the pool for the summer. It's just a recommendation from the Board of Park Commissioners.  It will be introduced to City Council in April for a vote in May.    

Sciammas is asking  people to contact the Grandview Emerson Neighborhood Association to get involved. 

Park and Recreation Director Steve Carlyon said his department needs to take a closer look at what they are dealing with.    

Last year it cost over $50,000 just to get the pool up and running. That's on top of the $60,000 run it and they opened four weeks late.

Carlyon said the city cannot continue to pour money into a pool that is in such disrepair. He said it's time to figure out what the problems with the pool are and start to look for realistic solutions. 

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