Fate of Legion Pool still up in the air

DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) -- The fate of De Pere’s Legion Pool is still up in the air, after years of back-and-forth, between pool supporters and the city.

At Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, the Board voted to push back a decision on the final plans for a new aquatic center, to hear more from Legion Pool supporters next week.

Action 2 News has been following the pool’s developments for two years.

Back in 2016, De Pere City Council members voted to close Legion Pool, and open a new, multimillion dollar aquatic center in the city.

Since then, the “Save Legion Pool” group has popped up, efforting to keep a pool on each side of the city.

In February of this year, City Council voted to give the group another chance to save the pool, by presenting a plan to De Pere’s Parks Board in August.

However, in July, the Board of Park Commissioners passed the final plans of the new aquatic center, and sent it on to Common Council for a decision.

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the board pushed off that decision, to hear from Save Legion Pool members and their plan.

Ahead of the meeting, Legion Pool supports laid out how they’ve been preparing for the meeting.

“Just having a factual based presentation to show the Park Board. That shows the benefit of keeping this, and a cost analysis of the aquatic center and having two pools. We're just trying to find a way to work with the city,” says Dan Van Straten of De Pere.

Save Legion Pool will present its proposal next Thursday at the Parks Board meeting. If it’s approved there, it will head back to De Pere City Council for final approval.