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Published July 12, 2012, 06:00 PM

EGF Residents Form 'Save Our Pool' Group

EAST GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - People in East Grand Forks are trying to save what they call an asset to the community. They're pulling together to "save the pool" after the City Council brought repair plans to a halt.

EAST GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - People in East Grand Forks are trying to save what they call an asset to the community.

They're pulling together to "save the pool" after the City Council brought repair plans to a halt.

The group will try to restore the pool by any means possible.

After some City Council members weren't even sure if they wanted to fix the pool because of cost, a group called "Save Our Pool" or SOP has formed to meet with city officials and do what they can to get those repairs done.

"There are so many great memories here from people my age, growing up, older than me, younger than me and it would be a shame to lose this activity for kids and families," Melody Olstad said.

"I would hate to see this place get shut down," pool manager Francie Piche said.

The East Grand Forks pool is nearly 49 years old and needs nearly $2 million in renovations. With a rising cost, council members voted against the repairs and now people who use the pool are taking matters into their own hands.

"If we have to get more money let's find a way to get it. It's not just since it came in over budget, lt's not just throw away the project," Todd Schumacher said.

So residents formed the group "Save Our Pool" or SOP, an idea council members welcome.

"Boy that'd be great if we could get a campaign going and get some donations. We've got our community event coming up, our 125, maybe we could do some things during that," City Council member Wayne Gregoire said.

Several City Council members like Gregoire would also like to keep the pool open.

"Let's re-bid this in the winter, sacrifice a swimming season, collaborate with GF our neighbor and use our buses for the summer. This way the construction could start to finish the project," Gregoire said.

"It's an asset to the community, I mean it's a place for kids to go, the people in the campground use it," Schumacher said.

"The sky is the limit with ideas for fundraisers," Olstad said.

Save Our Pool's first meeting was at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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