- 50m x 25m pool
- Barrier-free access
- Leisure pool
- Universal and inclusive change areas
- Multi-purpose spaces
- Expanded fitness area
- Better, and more spaces for events and classes
- Accessibility features such as handrails and non-slip surfacing
- A welcoming space for the community
- Energy efficiency design
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The current pool needs a little help but is fine. There is no reason to do anything other than fix the issues with the current facility.
The City is currently seeking bids to design-build an upgrade to the pool's bolier system: https://victoria.bonfirehub.ca/opportunities/65567. The old boilers were one of the major issues with the current facility, as I recall.
It would be strange to go to all the expense of upgrading the boiler system, and then tear down the pool for a replacement a few years later. Perhaps the City fears a borrowing referendum won't succeed, and is hedging its bets in case it has to keep the old pool running after all.
^ Saanich just upgraded Commonwealth Place's pool heating system. Very cost effective approach with a clear and fairly short term ROI.
You are right, I can't see them spending the money and then tearing it down.
I hope common sense prevails. I go to Crystal Pool often and yes it needs new change rooms but the pools themselves are fine as they are. Resurface them, put in a new boiler and chemical plant and rebuild the entrance area. It will be cheaper and no one will be upset about it.
The spending includes:
• $3.1 million for city-wide and area-based planning, housing, development approvals, climate action, urban design, heritage, social planning and equity, and tenant assistance.
• $22.1 million for multi-modal corridor improvements to support road safety, walking, cycling, transit, liveability and accessibility.
• $2.1 million to renew aging park infrastructure like washrooms, fencing, irrigation, furniture, signage, pathways, lighting and drinking fountains.
• $1.8 million to restart the Crystal Pool replacement project.
• Nearly $1 million to be invested in a downtown revitalization program.
• $46.2 million to rehabilitate Victoria’s underground infrastructure.
• $11.7 million for road restoration and rehabilitation.
Crystal Pool keep-up a costly affair
By Brennan Clarke
Jan 12 2007
City councillors not anxious to throw good money after bad
Never underestimate this council.
Plan to locate new Crystal Pool next to Save-On-Foods arena falls through; Central Middle School site now eyed for the facility
Victoria's plans for a Crystal Pool replacement are back to square one with the collapse of a proposal to sitaute the facility next to the arena.
Victoria's $70 million Crystal Pool replacement not on government funding radar
Funding requests by the City of Victoria for the replacement of North Park's Crystal Pool have come up dry.