Mayor pitches plan for north Kamloops pools

By James Peters
April 1, 2016 - 4:45pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar is recommending the city keep the Westsyde and Brocklehurst pools open, appeasing a loud outcry from North Kamloops residents.

Both neighbourhoods pleaded with council last month to keep their pools open, and spoke against a proposal to close both pools in favour of a newly-built leisure pool on the North Shore.

The Westsyde pool roof needs a multi-million dollar fix, and having heard neighbourhood residents, Milobar is recommending the city get it done.

"It gives us more time to track the usage at Westsyde, to get a better understanding of the numbers, strategize some extra programming into that building," said Milobar. "If and when that extra mechanical equipment needs to be replaced in 3-5 years, the broader decision can be made at that time as well. Either way, the roof has to get done." 

Milobar is also recommending the McDonald Park pool be transformed into a wading pool and water park.

And he says staff should spend more time studying the possibilities of a new leisure pool on the North Shore, along with the need for a new ice sheet.

Council is expected to debate Milobar's recommendations at its regular meeting Tuesday.

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