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UGA Documents Indicate Legion Pool Replacement to Exclude Community

Documents on the new pool proposed for Lake Herrick do not mention the public using it.


UGA officials are proposing that a new swimming pool at Lake Herrick serve as a replacement for historic Legion Pool on Lumpkin Street. The new pool, the university says, will be smaller than 12,000-square-foot Legion Pool, but it will have many of the same things: a shade pavilion, a picnic area, a concession stand and lap lanes.

The one thing it won't have is swimmers from the Athens community, or their relatives, not directly attending or employed by the UGA.

Supporting documents were sent to Elizabeth Shirk, Environmental Review Coordinator for the Historic Preservation Commission of the Department of Natural Resources along with a letter, Legion Pool.

Number 11 of the narrative included with a letter to Shirk says that " will serve students, faculty and staff adjacent to existing recreational facilities off East Campus Road."

Legion Pool is open to anyone in the community who buys a membership in the Friends of Campus Life. This allow the card holder to pay the fee to enter Legion Pool, either buying a membership or paying for individual visits.

If the narrative is correct, that wouldn't be allowed at the new pool.

Grady Thrasher and Kathy Prescott, who were instrumental in fighting the university's quest to bring a controversial biological research lab to Athens, have written to Shirk about Legion Pool and the university's plans to demolish it. They oppose the demolition plan, saying that it doesn't make economic sense.

For a full text of the Thrasher/Prescott letter, 



Joe Dennis July 25, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Thanks for the great reporting on this Rebecca. This is the first story to report that the new pool will not be open to the community. Indeed, a very sad loss for Athens.
Rebecca McCarthy July 25, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Thanks, Joe, I would have had it in the first story had I had access to all the documents sent to state officials. Another thing that was incredible was an answer to a question about is anyone protesting the demolition. the university's answer? No one. Little did they know...
Rebecca McCarthy July 25, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Charlotte, I didn't see that they would ban non-university people from the pool. That's always been the great thing about Legion Pool....it drew people from everywhere, and was large enough to accommodate a zillion people. People met there who otherwise would never have known each other. But, you know, many of the UGA folks in top administrative positions don't live in Athens, so what do they really know, on a day in, day out, basis about how our community works?
Teresa Ebel July 25, 2012 at 12:25 PM
I have heard (undocumented) that Ramsey's pool has leaked like crazy from day one so why is Legion Pool a problem if it leaks also?
Rebecca McCarthy July 25, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I think it's not the pool that's a problem. It's where it is that's a problem for the university, because they want to build something on that land or around the land. One person said they are on a quest to "Disneyland-ize" the university campus with the buildings all being the same. Legion, like Rutherford, dates from the 1930s. Ain't no buildings in Disneyland from the '30s, is they?

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