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Memorial Pool: Closed for business



Up next, cost studies on how to fix/replace pool

Memorial pool will be closed for the summer. 

That’s the final decision by the La Crosse city council at a meeting Thursday night.  

What happens in future years with the pool will be determined in part by a study authorized by the council. But council president Dick Swantz is hoping to avoid shortchanging the project.

“If we’re going to have a swimming pool, where Memorial Pool sits right now, I would hope it would hit all the current standards. It would be a Class A, AA pool.” Swantz said.

Neighbors of Memorial had pushed against it closing, arguing that repairs to open it for the summer had already been budgeted.  

Also, once the pool was closed, it seemed very unlikely that it would open again.  

Jacob Sciammas with the Grandview-Emerson Neighborhood Association, had urged the city council to protect the pool.

“This is not just about our neighborhood,” he said. “And I think it’s a lot about neighborhoods that don’t have a voice that we’re trying to provide for.”

Up next for the pool? A bunch of studies.

“We want to get it out in the public and say it’s this amount of money to replace it, it’s this amount of money to repair it and then get some feedback on that,” La Crosse parks and rec. director Steve Carlyon said.

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