The only public pool in Walla Walla closed almost a decade ago. After voters failed to pass three separate bonds, another group is stepping up.
WALLA WALLA, WA - The only public pool in Walla Walla closed almost a decade ago. After voters failed to pass three separate bonds, another group is stepping up.
"If we build it, you can swim," says Anne North-Jones of the Rebuild Memorial Committee.
That's the motto for the committee, made up of a handful of people in Walla Walla trying for the fourth time to get a pool. An agreement with Whitman College was a sort-of solution for awhile and now Walla Walla University is stepping up to share their pool but it's not for everyone.
"Since Memorial Pool closed in September 2006, we've continued to offer competitive swim and swim lessons through other facilities but we've not had anything that the public can come to for open swims," said Parks and Recreation Director Jim Dumont.
"We're going to fundraise and do everything we can. Possibly get another bond but for a lot lower amount so people can afford it and see the importance," said North-Jones.
The idea is to use what the city already has in the old and worn facility next to Borleske Stadium. Right now there are three concepts in the works, all between three and five million dollars.
The Rebuild Memorial Committee and the city are working with a consultant and hope to have their ideas in front of the public by early July.