Pool Report Called “Sobering”

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Pool Report Called "Sobering"

It has been hailed “sobering” by Mayor Lyn Hall.
He was referring to a report presented to Council last night about the City’s two swimming pools.
“It confirms we have seen serious problems with our facilities.”
The report set out that users like have two different facilities and that the programs offered at each are different.  However, the typical user at the Four Seasons pool has issues with accessibility both into the facility itself as well as the change rooms within the pool. The facility is 50 years old. To replace that pool would carry a price tag of more than $30 million.
There are concerns about capacity at the Aquatic Centre as well. The consultants believe the City could add programs and even facilitate more competitions if that pool were expanded. The second option presented to Council looked at not only a replacement of the Four Seasons pool but an expansion of the Aquatic Centre as well. The former would cost $32 million, the latter would cost $29 million for a total bill of $62 million. The third option was “mothballing” the Four Seasons pool and expanding the Aquatic Centre for $37 million.
Comments around the table talked about things like the 60-year-pld Fire Hall #1 in the downtown, the 50-year-old Coliseum and a host of aging facilities.  Council accepted the report and it’s expected it will be referred to Administration to look at all the options.

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