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Memorial Pool supporters forging ahead

DIXON – The effort to reopen historic Veterans Memorial Pool is once again under way.

About 40 people attended Wednesday’s meeting to discuss the possibility, organizer Marilyn Trulock said Thursday.

Supporters, who are breaking into committees to study the issue and come up with a plan, will meet again at 7 p.m. July 11 at City Hall, 121 W. Second St.

“We’re really going at this very hard this time,” said Trulock, a longtime vocal supporter of the pool. “Our biggest challenge has been ownership.”

“Regardless of what we do, grants, we can’t get any grants, because the question is ‘Who owns the pool?’ Right now, the park district does. We’re going to look at all the options, which is going to work, and how we can best do this for the pool and the kids.”

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.

“We’re going to give this one last try,” Trulock said.

The pool has been mothballed since 2000 because voters refuse to foot the multimillion-dollar restoration bill.

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