UGA president drops plan to demolish Legion Pool

9:26 AM, Oct 23, 2012   |    comments
Legion Pool is located in the center of the University of Georgia campus, across from the Tate Student Center. It is operated as a service for UGA students, employees, Friends of Campus Life, and their guests by the Department of Campus Life for the Division of Student Affairs. (Courtesy UGA)
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ATHENS, Ga. -- A historic swimming pool at the University of Georgia may not be demolished after all.

President Michael Adams has asked the school's chancellor to withdraw a proposal that called for demolishing Legion Pool and replacing it with a smaller pool away from its current location in the heart of campus.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/RmDA8X ) that Adams made the request in a letter dated Oct. 17, which was released Monday.

The plan had drawn sharp opposition because of its history. It was built in 1935 by the American Legion and is eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

However, Adams defended the plan in his letter, saying is not heavily used by students and is in what is now a congested area on campus.

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