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Memorial Pool meeting Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Although Dixon's Memorial Pool has been closed for more than 12 years, efforts to reopen it are still alive. Supporters will meet to discuss the pool's future at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.

DIXON – Supporters will meet Wednesday evening to discuss reopening Memorial Pool.

The historic pool, owned by the Park District, has been closed for more than a dozen years because of costs associated with repairing, restoring and operating it.

Engineers have said it would cost $3 million to fix it, and about $100,000 a year to run.

In 2007, voters said no to an advisory ballot measure designed to gauge the public’s interest in raising property taxes to repair and maintain the pool. In 2002, the park district tried to raise taxes to build a new pool, but that also failed.

More recently, in March 2011, Candice Bass and Lisa Christenson, who worked at Open Sesame Children’s Learning Centers in Dixon, launched a Facebook page, a letter and petition drive. By May of that year, they had collected about 1,000 signatures. They also created a video that they planned to send to talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres and the TV show “Extreme Home Makeover,” seeking their assistance.

The Dixon Park District has said it would give the Memorial Pool property to the city, if it were to ask for it, under the condition it remain a public pool.

Marilyn Trulock of Dixon is spearheading the effort.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 121 W. Second St.

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