Centennial Pool for temporary repair
Centennial Pool advocates are celebrating after city councillors voted to repair the central-city facility.
In their annual-plan deliberations today, councillors voted in favour of funding temporary repairs to provide interim swimming facilities while a new central-city multi-sport facility is built.
Save Centennial Pool spokeswoman Simone Pearson was "thrilled" councillors had listened to the group's pleas as it would "deliver immeasurable benefit".
She said the pool's repair would help address the short to medium-term needs of children, the elderly, the disabled, workers and families while a new facility was built.
"Without this repair to the Centennial we could have had thousands of children who were unable to swim or who swim poorly, to say nothing of the health benefits to the wider community," she said.
A council-commissioned cost-estimate report by engineering consultants Beca found repairing the pool would cost up to $2.3 million once insurance money was factored in.
The facility is one of 10 big-ticket items identified in the annual plan.
Stage 1 of the multi-sport facility would include 50 and 35-metre water-sport and competition pools, leisure pools and a swimming education pool.
Once the 2012-13 plan is approved by councillors, the central-city projects may have to be adapted to fit with the Central City Development Unit blueprint due on July 27.
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