Save the dolphin! Update on new De Pere aquatic center

Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 6:01 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2020 at 5:07 PM CDT
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DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) - Construction continues on a new aquatic center in De Pere. The city says it’s on track to open in June 2021.

Construction started over the summer and the new center is starting to take shape at VFW Park.

The aquatic center includes a six-lane lap pool, two diving boards, a 12-foot drop slide, a climbing area and zero-depth entry pool for the smaller kids.

Crews were able to salvage an iconic piece of the former VFW Pool which will be featured at the new aquatic center.

“While the dolphin doesn’t function anymore -- and some people were asking does it function because it actually had the ability to spray water; it doesn’t have that function anymore -- but we’re going to have the dolphin on display right outside the front entryway. We’re going to have it on a concrete pad. It’s going to be a neat place where people can take pictures," says Marty Kosobucki, Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry.

Community surveys helped designers come up with the plan for the aquatic center.

“If we can get through this doggone pandemic and get some level of normalcy back next spring, I think people are just going to embrace that pool like no other. We’re all looking for normalcy and something that gives us our life back,” says Kosobucki.

CLICK HERE for more information on the aquatic center.

De Pere passed a referendum in 2018 for two new aquatic facilities at VFW Park and Legion Park.

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