Canku Ota Logo
Canku Ota
Canku Ota Logo
(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
pictograph divider
Green Bay Pool Project Receives Help From Ho-Chunk Nation
by Ken Luchterhand - Hocak Worak

The Ho-Chunk Nation made a donation of $100,000 to the Friends of Colburn Pool on Wednesday, June 17, to help save a Green Bay neighborhood pool.

It started about four years ago when city officials were discussing the closure of the pool because standards were not up to date.

“That’s when I started to gather petition signatures to keep it open,” said Olivia Crooks, a self-described “pool rat” who spend all her summer time at the pool. “I looked at what it would take to keep it open, raised money to hire a contractor to give an estimate on the repairs, and it took off from there.”

Olivia said all the work “is definitely worth it.”

With the donation from the Ho-Chunk Nation, the project has received a total of $645,000. One of the donations was from a prominent couple in Green Bay, Bernie and Alyce Dahlin, who contributed $300,000 and, consequently, will half the naming rights for the pool.

After the check-passing ceremony, a reception and meal was held in the Ho-Chunk Nation branch office.

“By the end of the pool season, we hope to secure bonding rights with the city,” said Lori Crooks of the Friends of Colburn Pool organization. “Then we can start construction of the new pool.”

The new pool will be Olympic size, with eight lanes.

The city of Green Bay will pay for $3.5 million of the renovations if the group raises $1 million. The Friends of Colburn Pool have raised 60 percent of their goal.

With the donation, the Ho-Chunk Nation has the naming rights for the community room, which will be open to the public on a year-round basis. The Nation will have the ability to decorate the room however the members wish. One of the suggestions being considered is to provide a history of the Ho-Chunk people within the room.

Pam Noll, a Green Bay resident and mother frequently visits Colburn Pool because she likes the atmosphere more than the two other public pools in the city.

“I’ve been coming here since I was 5 – so that’s been 23 years,” she said. “It’s my home away from home.”

The other pools are on the other side of the city and have many other activities, such as slides and sand area and a rock climbing wall. Noll said those activities are distractions and she only wants to come to a pool for swimming.

“The initiative was brought forth by the community,” said Area III Rep. Darren Brinegar. “The tribal members in the area will benefit greatly. It’s good for the community.”

“It’s a great opportunity to build relations with the community and especially for the kids and future generations,” said Ho-Chunk Nation Vice President Heather Cloud.

Green Bay Packers Director of Public Affairs Aaron Popkey was present for the check passing ceremony. He stated that the Packers organization has donated $5,000 to the Colburn Pool project as well.

“We’ve supported the project from the beginning,” he said. “It’s a wonderful resource for the neighborhood. What’s special is that this pool is right down the street from Lambeau Field. It’s a resource in the neighborhood, so we need to support it financially. Likewise, the Ho-Chunk Nation’s support is fantastic.”

Ho-Chunk Nation President Jon Greendeer said the philosophy behind any actions is to leave something better for the next generation.

“Today’s a good chance to witness exactly that,” Greendeer said. “We also get to witness the work of a lot of people.”

“Olivia did something great, which shows her selflessness,” he said. “We all work together for something to benefit other people. There are a lot of $100,000 good causes out there, but we have to look at where it is spent best. This is something that brings families together. This is a healthy option, which comes back tenfold. This is something that promotes being active and being outdoors.”

With so many negative influences on children these days, it’s good to be able to provide a resource that will allow children to have fun in a great social environment.

“Small changes point people in positive directions,” Greendeer said. “People need to surround themselves with a positive source.”

pictograph divider
Home PageFront PageArchivesOur AwardsAbout Us
Kid's PageColoring BookCool LinksGuest BookEmail Us
pictograph divider
  Canku Ota is a free Newsletter celebrating Native America, its traditions and accomplishments . We do not provide subscriber or visitor names to anyone. Some articles presented in Canku Ota may contain copyright material. We have received appropriate permissions for republishing any articles. Material appearing here is distributed without profit or monetary gain to those who have expressed an interest. This is in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.  
Canku Ota is a copyright © 2000 - 2015 of Vicki Williams Barry and Paul Barry.
Canku Ota Logo   Canku Ota Logo
The "Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America" web site and its design is the
Copyright © 1999 - 2015 of Paul C. Barry.
All Rights Reserved.

Site Meter
Thank You

Valid HTML 4.01!