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Appleton's Erb Pool closes, demolition starts soon

Erb Park Pool closed Sunday, August 14, 2016. (WLUK)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- Erb Pool in Appleton closed Sunday.

The plan is to replace it with a brand new 50-meter pool along with a beach entry-style pool designed for toddlers and less experienced swimmers.

Staff members say this time next year, Erb Pool will be unrecognizable.

"We're really really excited. We're very excited for the new pool to open up.. and we're happy all these people were supporting Erb Pool and not ending up with a splash pad. So it's really exciting. People have been looking at our plans so far, and giving their input, everyone's really excited. We're going to have all these upgrades that are going to accommodate for people in wheelchairs and disabilities.. we're going to have family bathrooms next year. It's going to be really nice," saod Naomi Shimura, pool manager.

Demolition starts in a few days and the plan for the new pool is to be open by next July.

The city council voted to spend up to $10.5 million to rebuild the facility.

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