Supporters of Veteran's Memorial (Municipal) Pool in La Crosse, WI

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Supporters of Veteran's Memorial (Municipal) Pool in La Crosse, WI

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Veterans Memorial Pool Campaign La Crosse, WI started this petition to City of La Crosse and

The undersigned are SUPPORTERS of La Crosse’s first City pool, MEMORIAL POOL (Veteran’s Memorial Municipal Pool) & Bath House, 11 Campbell Rd, built in 1938.

While many factors over the years have led to its current poor condition, we believe its prime location, storied history, and value as a real swimming pool warrants prioritizing improvements before relocation.

A. For the 2016 summer season, we ask that the pool open as planned and budgeted with a greater focus on less expensive improvement options, including:
• heating the water (like most all pools today)
• developing more fitness & lesson programming for seniors, adults & young swimmers
• improving hours of operation (such as morning and evening hours)
• overall general maintenance

B. Concurrent with the 2016 summer season, and before closing the pool for any part of the season, we ask City officials to do the following:
• focus on keeping a pool on the current site
• commit to funding a pool repair & remodel in the short term
• bring in pool experts to assess the condition & provide recommendations
• develop a collaborative plan to address the long term future of Memorial Pool that includes a committee of GENA residents along with other City stakeholders

We are concerned about locating a future pool where additional parking is needed, green space is lost and greater challenges for children and neighbors to safely travel to would exist. Given those complexities, we support studying the need for a new pool, somewhere else, as a separate process.

We are confident Memorial Pool can return to being safe and popular using a financially conservative and collaborative approach whereby the greatest number of residents and stakeholders across the City can support the plan.

We look forward to a renewed pride in the quality of programming and condition that would serve our neighborhoods and draw visitors from afar. We appreciate the City’s careful thought and planning that a historic place such as Memorial Pool deserves – it is well worth it!

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