New study finds La Crosse residents want Memorial Pool in current location

Pool Committee ready to move forward

A new study shows La Crosse residents want Veteran’s Memorial Pool to remain in its current location.

According to a study paid for by the Grandview-Emerson Neighborhood Association, the current Memorial Pool site is the preferred site for the pool among La Crosse city residents. Additional features like a heated pool, diving boards, lounge chairs and shade structures were also high on the list of priorities of those surveyed.

The pool closed more than 18 months ago, and some in the Grandview-Emerson neighborhood say an abandoned site is not acceptable.

“That should be a concern for everybody in the city. Just as we come together to voice our concerns over cellphone towers and streets and roads or whatever. Abandoned sites in the middle of your neighborhood are not something anybody wants, and I wouldn’t wish it on any other neighborhood,” said Grandview-Emerson Neighborhood Association Pool Committee Member Kate Escher.

City officials say the additional information will help the committee move forward.

“Blend that information in and use the pieces that work out the best to kind of create the most overall rewarding facility for the community,” said La Crosse Parks, Recreation and Forestry Supervisor Jay Odegaard.

The city’s Pool Committee plans to meet next Wednesday to determine the next step for the Memorial Pool.