French swimmer Laure Manaudou competes in a preliminary heat of the women's 50-meter freestyle in the 2011 Speedo Champions Series Eastern Section of the Southern Zone on July 14, 2011, in the Gabrielsen Natatorium at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Manaudou finished first in her heat with a time of 25:93 seconds. AFP PHOTO / ERIK S. LESSER (Photo credit should read ERIK S. LESSER/AFP/Getty Images)
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia's plan to demolish a historic swimming pool on the campus is drawing opposition.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports that nearly 700 people have signed a petition opposing destruction of Legion Pool.
The state historic preservation office is also questioning the plan, and has asked UGA for more justification of why they need to get rid of the pool.
University officials say it would cost about $490,000 to renovate the pool, in the heart of the campus. They propose to replace it with a $2.6 million pool half as big at the university's Intramural Fields off College Station Road.
Officials say the pool, built by the American Legion in 1935, is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.