Future of recreation in North Kamloops up for dicussion

By Jessica Lepp
March 3, 2016 - 3:24pm Updated: March 3, 2016 - 5:30pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops council begins sorting out the future of North Kamloops recreation facilities this evening (March 3).

The first in a series of public information meetings will be held at Arthur Stevenson Elementary School in Westsyde.

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It's a conversation that was kick-started by council mulling the future of the Westsyde Pool, which needs a new roof, and may require millions of dollars in tax subsidies to keep it going.

Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Director Byron McCorkell says it's time to discuss whether a multi-purpose facility located at McArthur Island would be a better use of tax dollars.

"We need to fix the roof, we're going to put a whole new roof structure on there, but does it make sense then to make that our only secondary pool, or do we talk about what we know we are going to need as the community gets to be 100,000 population," said McCorkell. "We think now is the time to talk about it, and maybe now is the time to make the transition." 

Steve Delaney is the president of the Westsyde Community Development Society.

He says the vast majority of Westsyde residents want the pool to stay in operation, rather than being replaced with a hard surface gymnasium floor.

"From polling people, I would say that 80 per cent of the community really wants the pool fixed, they want to be able to swim out here, they don't want to travel into McArthur Island to a pool," Delaney said. "The other 20 per cent they're a little bit concerned about property tax increase and they would like to see the dry court considered as an option." 

If you can't make it to this evening's meeting, there are three more scheduled in the coming weeks, each from 7pm to 9pm at the respective locations.

March 3 - Arthur Stevenson Elementary Gym 
2890 Bank Road 

March 7 - Parkcrest Elementary Gym 
2170 Parkcrest Ave 

March 9 - Norkam Secondary Cafeteria 
730 12 St 

March 15 - Sandman Centre 
300 Lorne Street

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