HORSHAM War Memorial Pool could be demolished under a draft sport and recreation plan for the city.
Residents have repeatedly called for the Wimmera's only Olympic-size pool with eight lanes to be upgraded and saved from demolition.
In 2001, former Horsham councillor Campbell Trewin said a priority list of works helped remove any shred of doubt about retaining the pool in light of the proposed multi-million dollar leisure centre.
In 2009, former Horsham councillor Gary Bird said the memorial pool would be 'around forever'.
But Horsham Rural City Council's draft Sport and Recreation Strategy 2013-18, released on Monday, has put the pool back on the chopping block.
Cr Mark Radford is a long-time advocate for the city's outdoor pool.
He said while the draft plan recommended the pool be demolished, it played an important role for the Wimmera community.
"Generally governments are not particularly keen to support outdoor pools, but ours is special because it is a regional 50-metre outdoor pool and it was built as a war memorial," Cr Radford said.
"The spirit of that pool is to provide facilities for the community in honour of people who lost their lives; that is something we can't get past.
"There are some things in the report that are a bit controversial and that is one of them.
"In the consultant's view he could not see the value in keeping an outdoor pool but I put a pretty good case forward why we need the pool."
A consultants' final report last year found the pool's joints, pipes and finishes were not up to scratch, but the pool was in good condition and could last for up to 10 years.
Mallee Labor candidate Lydia Senior announced on August 23 that the pool would share in a $361,911 grant for upgrades.
The draft report also found that at least 12 sport and recreation areas, including Horsham City Oval, needed upgrading.
It suggested that Horsham RSL Diggers and Demons' training sessions be restricted to once a week per club or prohibited entirely. The plan supported council proposals for a multi-purpose indoor sports stadium to be built near Horsham Basketball Stadium.
It listed a new table tennis hall large enough for 10 tables as the highest priority of any indoor sport.
Cr Robin Barber said council needed to act once the plan was finalised.
"Our headquarters down at the city oval are tired and dilapidated - we need to put some dollars away for that," he said.
"It is time we saw some action and for something to happen.
"I hope this isn't another report that just sits on the table and gathers dust."
Cr Pam Clarke encouraged Horsham residents to have their say on the draft plan.
"Some of the recommendations council doesn't agree with and the sporting groups won't agree with," she said.
"We really need clubs to have a good look at this report because it is what will dictate what will happen over the next five years.
"We need to make sure that this is what clubs want, not what a consultant wants.
"This is the last chance they have to have a say on what sport and recreation will be in this community."