Outdoor Pool and Splash Pad
Former playground, now fenced off. Our Splash Pad, built on top of the old Rotary Pool.
The Rotary Club built an outdoor pool and donated it to the Town years ago. It was a very popular spot throughout the summer and hosted a busy swimming instruction program. In 2009, staff claimed, on scant evidence, that the outdoor pool was beyond repair. Perhaps this claim should have been more closely examined; many in the community thought that either there had been a failure to properly winterize it or the arena guys had grown tired of the nuisance of maintaining a pool and preferred to spend the money on a $130,000 fancy flashing sign outside the arena. The sign became a lightning rod for public anger.
For 3 years council debated what to do and reports were commissioned and paid for. Eventually a local contractor was hired to fill in the pool and build a splash pad over it. The Rotary Club spearheaded a drive to raise much of the money for construction. After the splash pad was built, it was claimed that the remaining site was too small for a real outdoor pool and besides the change room was not in the right spot to accommodate both. Some in the community have questioned both claims. And some are asking if council was made aware of this when they made the decision to build the splash pad over top of the pool.
Has the splash pad been successful? Would it not be more successful with an outdoor pool next to it? Is there really not enough room to do this?
We need some contributions and comment here.
Carol Harvey, Council Representative
Peter Dafoe, Staff Representative & Chair
Dan Macdonald, Staff Representative & Secretary
Vicki Hallam, Staff Representative
Dave Pinnell Jr.
The agenda for the May 26, 2015 meeting of council contains a 14 page staff report with a draft consultation plan for a proposed indoor pool.
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