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De Pere residents discuss Legion Pool's future

Legion Pool in De Pere, December 14, 2017. (WLUK)

DE PERE (WLUK) -- The city of De Pere heard from residents Thursday night regarding a proposal for a new aquatic center.

The proposal involves replacing the city's two current pools, with one aquatic center.

That center would go at VFW park on De Pere's west side.

As for Legion Park Pool on the east side, it will be replaced with a splash pad.

Last year, the De Pere City Council voted to move forward with the proposal.

At the time, they said both pools were aging, and would need major repairs.

As the plans moves forward, some residents say they want the city to reconsider, saying there should be pools on both sides of the Claude Allouez Bridge.

The city's park director, Marty Kosobucki, says he thought the meeting was productive, and said the city will review residents' concerns, "If it goes this route, there are certainly ways where you can travel and not go through the roundabout to get there. We're looking at bus routes for people to get over to the other side, but there is a lot to be decided yet."

East De Pere resident, Kelley Quakkelaar, said, "When you put Legion Pool in, there were 14,000 full time residents. To say that a community of 25,000 people can't support two pools, but could when we put them in at 14,000, I guess just doesn't sit well with me."

Both pools will be open next summer while a design and general funding plan is in place for the aquatic center.

De Pere officials are holding a public meeting on the aquatic center's plans next week Thursday.

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