April 06, 2016 - 11:30 AM
KAMLOOPS - After a round of public consultations Kamloops council has decided to keep two pools in north Kamloops.
The future of recreation in north Kamloops was discussed during a council meeting council yesterday, April 5, with council deciding to keep the outdoor Brocklehurst Pool open, repair the roof at the Westsyde pool and replace the McDonald Park pool with a wading pool.
Council only approved the roof repairs at Westsyde, mechanical repairs which were discussed previously are not part of the approved plan. Recreation Director Byron McCorkell previously told council the current HVAC system is expected to last another three to five years.
McCorkell says the next step is for the roof repairs at Westsyde pool to be tendered, which will likely happen in the next couple of weeks, with January 2017 as a target for the pool to reopen.
The outdoor pool will be filled in at McDonald Park and a wading pool will be put in north of the current water park. The current pool is in need of repairs to its drainage system, which McCorkell says would be costly due to the construction of the pool. Council decided the low usage numbers and operational costs meant the site is better suited to a wading pool. McCorkell says ideally the wading pool will be open late this summer, but adds it may not be finished for this summer.
Two studies were also debated by council, one to look at the future of a new leisure pool and another looking at ice surfaces in the study. The leisure pool study was defeated with a 4-4 vote, while the ice rink study had unanimous support.
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