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Memorial Pool should be reopen in July

Brad Williams

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Friends of La Crosse's Memorial Pool asked for donations during a Campbell Road celebration this weekend

Swimming season is almost upon us in La Crosse, with most of the city beaches and pools to open officially in June.

But one pool which has been closed for a few years is expected to be back in business by July.

Park director Jay Odegaard took supporters of Memorial Pool on a tour of the re-construction site this weekend.

Odegaard says crews will have to watch for rain, to keep a special type of concrete being used in the pool from getting too wet and changing color.

A group of Memorial Pool supporters has raised 76% of its $500,000 goal for helping fund the reopening of the pool, which was originally built in the 1930s.

The Ho-Chunk Nation presented a check for $30,000 to pool supporters on Saturday, during a neighborhood open house on Campbell Road.

This week, city leaders will announce their plans to operate the beaches without lifeguards for this summer.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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