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Durham agrees to let UNH build new pool

The Durham Town Council has approved a plan to let the University of New Hampshire close an outdoor pool built in the 1930s and build a new one.

The new pool would be up to 16,000 square feet, smaller than the 40,000-square-foot pool that opened in 1938 as a Works Progress Administration project under President Franklin Roosevelt. UNH and town officials said Monday it would cost $6 million to fix.

The university plans to pay for a $4.4 million swimming pool, which it said would be safer and more efficient to run.

Many in the audience were against the new pool, saying if it was absolutely necessary to close the old one, it should be done after this summer so the pool could be enjoyed for one more season.

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