Fate of De Pere's Legion Pool looks grim, but people remain hopeful

DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) -- De Pere’s city council voted to stay its course and build a new multi-million dollar aquatic center, rather than approving a new proposal to save both pools.

In November of 2016, city council members voted to build a new $7 million aquatic center at VFW Park, while getting rid of Legion Pool.

The demise of Legion Pool sparked a grassroots effort to save it by local community members.

On Tuesday, District Two Alderman Jonathon Hansen made a proposal to scale back the aquatic center and use the rest of the money to replace legion pool, but that proposal failed on a vote of 6 to 2.

As of Tuesday, the original plan moves forward. However, plans to save Legion Pool aren’t dead in the water just yet.

On a vote of 7 to 1, city council members are willing to give people one more chance. In August, people will have the opportunity to give the Parks Board a presentation with plans and ideas to save Legion Pool.

De Pere School Board Member, Dan Vanstraten, said it’s not the outcome he was hoping for but he remains hopeful.

“You can’t give up on it. One thing with De Pere is the residents are very close knit. It’s a fantastic community so when there are challenges like this, people are going to rise up and get involved,” said Vanstraten. “Personally, I think we’re going to find a way to hang onto Legion Pool. The city is big enough to have two pools, without question.”