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Memorial Pool set to open in early August



Fans of La Crosse’s Memorial Pool will get a few weeks to enjoy the newly rebuilt facility before the summer is over.

Supporters of the pool near the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse have told the city’s park board that Memorial is scheduled to open Aug. 2, and it will be allowed to operate until the end of August, later than the usual summer closing date.

Jacob Sciammas of the citizens committee, which has lobbied several years to get the old pool repaired, said the city is “looking to keep it open all of August, which I think will really help the community see that the parks department is really committed to the site.”

In May, city leaders thought that Memorial Pool would be ready for use this week, but bad weather caused some delays during the construction process.

A grand opening is set for Aug. 20.

During the weekend, many young musicians performed at a UW-L fundraising concert, collecting close to $3,000 for the Memorial Pool project.

The event was called Kids Helping Kids.

Memorial, originally built in the 1930s, has been closed for several summers now, but a $3 million renovation is nearly complete. 

A committee, which has raised money for the pool, has collected all but $12,000 of the money pledged for it.

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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  1. Dawn Kinard

    July 22, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    YES……..”childhood memories”…Where are all of the “kids” from the 50’s & 60’s NEIGHBORHOOD? How about checking it out, see if we recognize anyone? Sounds like fun kids.

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