When my daughter was five, we learned to make a mermaid tail on YouTube.
She swam in it all summer
at Legion. It was a thing of beauty, and one
of my nicest memories
of the pool.
Cynthia Myers and Abigail
Holbrook's daughter, Susannah LOVE legion pool! Please don't tear down
our cool summer entertainment!
travels from Tallahassee every summer to swim in Legion. Susannah lives
in Athens and love the BIG pool!
I learned to swim there
in 1960 or 61 as a 5 or 6 year old. For the last ten years or so that my
family has been to Legion Pool, we also have enjoyed ourselves greatly.
In these ten years, it has been evident to me that Legion's days were
numbered. That is prime real estate that the UGA planners and
administration want to build on. It was only a matter of time. It's been
in the plans for years. I trust the problems are as bad as they say. I
truly object to the idea of replacing Legion with a pool half the size.
The 8 or so lap lanes are full much of the time and both shallow ends
are full or near. Why would half of what we have now be a good thing?
Swimming at Legion Pool
every summer is what keeps me sane not only in the summer, but all year!
As a lap swimmer, I would be happy with a new facility, but as an
advocate for historic preservation and respect for tradition, I would
prefer Legion Pool to be renovated and expanded into Legion field. What
a nice oasis this could be. Unfortunately, it IS prime real estate in a
very congested area. Traffic and parking limitations, especially once
fall semester starts, are problematic and would probably prevent for
Legion Pool to ever be open outside of Summer semester, which is a shame
here in the hot South. But extended hours, if only on weekends, would be
My kids learned to swim
there and now spend all summer at Legion Pool. Their pediatrician
recently told my son that he learned to swim at Legion Pool. What a
great legacy to give to the future kids and families of Athens.
It is a wonderful place
to spend the summer with the kids! I cannot imagine Athens without it.
Legion Pool is a great
facility. Great staff, clean and safe. The area surrounding and under
the pool has several creeks and under ground water sources that make it
potentially unsuitable for any kind of structure that requires a
foundation. Don't pave paradise to put up a parking lot!
SAVE LEGION POOL. It is
more than just a pool, it is a vital and thriving spot in our community
where those connected to the university and many times the neighborhoods
can connect not to mention cooling off.
both my children learned
to swim at legion pool more than 25 years ago. it was and is a wonderful
community facility. that uga's empire building would destroy this
facility--contrary to the public interest--is additional evidence that
uga needs more hands on control to benefit the taxpayers. stop the
I've been swimming laps
at Legion Pool in the summers ever since I graduated from UGA. There's
no place like it. I prefer it to the newer and larger Ramsey Center
indoor pool. It appears that the motivation for Legion's demolition and
moving the pool to Lake Herrick is to revive activity at Lake Herrick,
which is currently dead. But simply building a pool there will not
accomplish that. Legion Pool is in a perfect central location at UGA and
in Athens. In addition to being a historic landmark, it provides a
uniquely vital function for families in Athens. It could provide this
function also for UGA, as it has in the past, if its gates were open for
use sooner in the spring and later in summer, when students are here and
can use it, as they have in the past. UGA has restricted student use in
recent years, which is unfortunate. Would the new pool at Lake Herrick
have a longer season to allow student use? If that is the plan, why not
for Legion Pool? The dorms are right there at Legion. Those students
should be allowed to use it. I think Legion Pool has become the pawn in
a larger problem of what to do with Lake Herrick. Unless students can
use it, a pool will not save Lake Herrick.
Legion Pool is a
beloved, and truly unique place with great character. To destroy it
would deeply demoralize those who value historic continuity and diverse
spaces on campus. It is irreplaceable with the meaningful origins and
beauty appreciated by people who want a traditional community space, a
very large pool, surrounded by trees and shaded tables with ceiling
fans! Please, don't do away with a treasured place because you
personally don't like to use it and it doesn't fit your tastes of what
you think people should want-- one person's trash is another's treasure.
Kill this pool and a little of UGA's beautiful summer soul will go with
it. Restoring it for much less money than needed for a much smaller pool
with a new fangled design (that no one wants) will show UGA cares about
the benefits they provide their community and really listens. Times have
been tough -- here's one place where less money can be spent to please
My brother went to
Georgia in the 50's, I went in the 60's and my granddaughter is going
this year..I like preserving history..Save the pool...PLEASE...
I'm a graduate of UGA.
I/we used Legion pool for years. It would be a financial mistake to tear
it down and build a smaller, less family-friendly pool. I do not plan to
donate funds to UGA for a new pool.
I believe our
universities need to answer to our communities, both in the services
they provide and in preserving historical architecture. Athens is one of
the most economically and educationally backwards cities of its size in
the U.S. I have long thought that the university has held itself apart
from the community, to its own detriment too. The new pool would be one
that would be more exclusive yet! Smaller and more expensive by far!
As a child, Legion Pool
was the place I learned to swim, and where I spent every day of every
summer diving, jumping and playing in the water. Legion Pool represents
my childhood, and the childhood of many kids just like me growing up in
Athens. Legion Pool is more than just a pool, and nothing can replace
what it stands for. Community. Simplicity. Memories. Please don't
destroy it, or you will be destroying a place that IS Athens. A place
where kids and their parents go to spend time together, relax, work out,
and bask in the sun on a hot Georgia day. Save Legion Pool.
Legion Pool is a huge
part of the community. As our town is being taken over by
corporations--and as walmart is threatening to take over our downtown,
we are desperate for small treats that keep our town a full on
Legion Pool is one of
the best things about being affiliated with the University of Georgia,
in my case as a faculty member. Not only is it a fun and relaxing perk
in a job nearly devoid of perks, but it is a great place to build and
extend University and community connections. Closing Legion Pool would
be very short sighted, and would reflect the ignorance of the
Administration about the lives of their faculty, staff, and local
alumni. My family has been enjoying Legion Pool the entire 15 years I
have been on faculty, and will continue to do so as long as it and we
remain here. Our kids learned to swim here. Not only should it remain
open, but it should open earlier in the summer and stay open into Fall
semester so that the University students can enjoy it as well.
I love legion pool and
have been using it for more than 30 years, first as a student, then as a
place to exercise and meet friends and now as a father and family. This
is a great community asset and it seems like as a WPA project it
Please do not demolish
legion pool. It is a community and UGA asset. It brings families
together, allows for increased interaction between UGA and community
members, and is a valued and loved community asset.
This pool plays a vital
role in the summer activities for hundreds of faculty, children and
families in the Athens area, and provides a healthy and wholesome
recreation for children. I urge you to consider saving and renovating
this structure that was built in good faith by the WPA to be used on
into the future.
Legion Pool is one of
the rare remaining examples of WPA project and an essential focal point
for Athens town's sense of community and gathering. UGA has many places
to build new buldings, and they do all the time anyway-- surely their
stewardship of this community resource, the de facto town pool, should
not be taken this lightly or uncaringly. Please make them at least go
through a process to establish the claims they are making about the
economics and planning aspects of this "done deal." Say it ain't so...
I'm here at Legion
watching all the children and families and individuals enjoying this
special place. I imagine those who made the decision to demolish an
historic landmark never set foot inside these gates. More likely they
have their own pool, go to the Country Club pool, or own lake houses.
They have no clue just what a benefit it is having this recreational
place to go smack dab in the center of Athens. It's a real shame and a
really stupid move on the part of UGA. Hey, but the money vested in our
illustrious football team sure is paying off. What with our SEC
championships and stellar season records. Yea, right.
Legion is a much loved
resource, adding a sense of community to the heart of campus, in
addition to providing a convenient spot for recreation and fitness. It
is in easy walking distance of much of campus, making it more accessible
than a smaller pool which will require transportation to reach. Also it
is adjacent to Tanyard Creek, another historic property which has barely
survived its years of abuse by the university. Construction in this area
would undoubtedly be devastating.