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PLEASE ATTEND May 3rd City Hall Public Hearing & Survey for Memorial Pool

Veterans Memorial Pool Campaign La Crosse, WI

Apr 28, 2017 — Memorial Pool Committee Gains Supporters & Urges Community to Attend May 3rd Public Input Session at City Hall from 11-1pm & 6:30-8:30pm so the Current Memorial Location Remains #1.

4/28/2017 - PRESS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LA CROSSE, WI – Grandview-Emerson Neighborhood Association (GENA) and the Memorial Pool Committee continues its efforts to revitalize Veterans Memorial Municipal Pool after almost 2 years of closure. Plans to replace the pool, which 7 out of 10 city-wide residents favored in a survey administered by UWL last summer, continues to grow support. Letters of support by the community and additional committee members from other neighborhoods have joined the effort to revitalize the pool that serves the central and downtown areas of the City.

Now that the City Pool Committee has completed over six months of deliberation, five concepts remain - 2 of which are located on the current Memorial Pool property. Wednesday, May 3rd is an opportunity to settle the debate, once and for all, as to whether the current site not only is the most feasible, but the most favored by residents. The City Pool Committee is inviting residents to come for a short presentation at 11am or 6:30pm. Following the presentations, residents are welcome to meet with City staff, Committee members and a Burbach Aquatics consultant for the following 2 hours, for further questions and discussion while viewing the concepts on large story boards. Surveys will be available to gather information that will be included in the final report by Burbach Aquatics and presented to the Park Board and City Council.

“It’s not the City’s job to work hard for feedback, it’s our job. So everyone needs to put time aside on Wednesday and then put some pencil to paper to tell the City Council what they think. This could be the final chance.” states Dennis Ross, a nearby resident and retired Blessed Sacrament school teacher.

Examples of the growing support outside of the Grandview-Emerson neighborhood include four new committee members that have joined the Memorial Pool Committee, from 3 additional neighborhoods served by Memorial Pool – Nancy Johnson of Washburn, Sue Bulk of Weigent-Hogan & Joey P. Kay of Bluffside. Like many residents of the central and downtown area of La Crosse, they want to preserve a pool at Memorial since it is the only neighborhood pool within a 30 minute walk or a 10 minute bike ride.

Consider Joey P. Kay’s perspective, for example: “Parents who struggle to get their kids outside during the summer, need Memorial Pool - and it’s just not my kids, on any given summer day. So, please support neighbors of Bluffside, like us, and neighbors all over the city who understand how important Memorial Pool is - no matter where you live.”

Recently the Memorial Pool Committee has shared letters of support for Memorial Pool written by the UWL Student Association, Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature, and the City’s Heritage Preservation Commission as well as residents Dr. Rana Limbo from Gundersen Lutheran, Realtor Sue Pinski of First Weber & newly-elected City Council Representative Jacqui Marcou on their Save Memorial Pool Facebook page. The messages in the letters range from history and health and wellness to bringing community members together.

“There just isn’t the same amazing potential anywhere else, and people know we have to work together to make it possible. The concepts they are developing are very exciting - warmer water, more lane swimming, and zero entries for kids. They are even able to keep some of the original cross shape while including these modern improvements to help more residents of all ages and abilities better use the pool” states Sue Bulk, who has been a swimming and log rolling instructor in La Crosse for over 30 years.

The City has budgeted $250,000 in 2017 for the architecture and engineering portion of the pool project, expected to take place following Burbach Aquatics Final Feasibility Report. The Memorial Pool Committee encourages residents, businesses and institutions to share their own letters of support and reach out to their City representatives to bring back a new, improved Memorial Pool to serve all the neighborhoods.

GENA Posts & Updates as well as the most recent Pool Committee Concepts can be found here:
http://lacrosseneighborhoods.org/category/gena-posts/ and https://www.facebook.com/savememorialpool

The public and the press are welcome to visit with several members of the GENA Pool Committee and neighboring business owners at these 2 upcoming events:
1. Monday, May 1st @ 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference at Memorial Pool (1901 Campbell Rd)
2. Wednesday, May 3rd from 8am to 8:30pm - Memorial Pool Committee conversations with visitors regarding the City Pool Committee concepts at City Hall (400 La Crosse St)

Contact: Jacob Sciammas,Memorial Pool & Infrastructure Committee, savememorialpoollax@gmail.com, 608-461-2060


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