Another Step Forward For Colburn Park Pool

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GREEN BAY, Wis (WFRV) Another step forward was taken Tuesday in the construction of a new pool at Green Bay’s Colburn Park. A city committee adjusted the rules requiring donations for naming rights.

For the past 50 years, the only Olympic-sized swimming pool left in Green Bay has helped competitive swimmers like Olivia Crooks practice her sport during the summer time.

“Grew up at this pool –  it has been a part of my life,” said Crooks.

But Alderman Chris Wery says at this facility time has taken its toll.

“A lot of time with these old structures, all the new regulations come into place and it’s actually cheaper just to replace it,” said Wery, who represents the district where the pool is located.

And a replacement plan is in the works – spearheaded by Wery and the Friends of Colburn Pool – lobbying for years to get a new pool built – one dedicated to lap swimming.

“It’s the last Olympic-sized pool that is left,” said Wery. “People like the aquatic centers, but they also like something a little different.”

Last October Green Bay City Council approved a plan for a new $4.5 million facility, but required $1 million had to come from donations – of which $750,000 had to come from selling pool naming rights. It is a stipulation that Tuesday night those behind the pool – asked the city’s Park Committee to adjust.

“We need a little bit of leeway,” said a representative of Friends of Colburn Pool.

The group asked the ceiling for pool naming rights be lowered to $575,000 and to allow two donors to buy in. Some were against the request.

“We’ve extended the time to get this money out until bonding time in March,” said Alderman Jerry Wisbiskie. “Now we’re making more changes in the middle of the stream.”

Yet the majority were for the idea.

“I have no problems with them spitting up that naming rights piece – setting it at $575,000,” said Alderman Brian Danzinger.

Meaning the group is two thirds of their way to the million dollar goal.

“Just a bunch of local citizens working very hard to make sure this pool is here in the future,” said Wery.

The proposal still needs to be approved by the full City Council.

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