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If the new and improved Crystal Pool is going to be such a great regional asset then perhaps the rest of the CRD should help fund its construction.
Ya, but we live on planet earth where our 13 municipalities have so much ego that it plugs their ears when the words "regional planning" come out of someone's mouth. You and I both know that would never happen. Wasn't that the plan for SOFMC?
Heh, heh. Helps is still trying to get the CRD to pay for the money losing conference centre and MacPherson.
Besides it is not a regional facility. How many people in Saanich or Langford are going to bypass their own pools to drive into Victoria?
it depends on what the pool has to offer that the local closer pool doesn't... like specific programs (for example if you want to do water polo you have to go to commonwealth pool, they were the only rec center that offered archery classes for kids-in the summer people drove from langford to do the summer archery program) or something fun esquimalt pool has a great lazy river whirlpool.. the pool needs to have something to draw people in.. i know people regularly drive up to commonwealth for classes or to play on the wibit when it's out or the wave pool is a huge draw..
Why would the rest of the CRD pay for Victoria's pool, yet Victoria not pay for their pools?
Can you imagine the many nice things we'd have with amalgamation?
Rather than bickering about who pays for what ... we'd actually have pretty close to world-class "everything", all in the best weather in the country.
What's becoming terribly apparent though, is that the CRD isn't just "13 little municipalities" ... it's actually comprised of a full spectrum of far-left to far-right voters, who - in the grand scheme of things - probably couldn't agree on how to cook an egg let alone amalgamate and try to do things like bridges, pools, arts centres, etc as ONE rather than as a bunch of tired little kingdoms who can only wonder who's paying for what - and more commonplace "what's in it for me"?
rather than as a bunch of tired little kingdoms who can only wonder who's paying for what - and more commonplace "what's in it for me"?
I believe the fear (what appears to be confirmed in the comments above) is an attitude of "what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine". As I have mentioned before, I would be OK with 2 or 3 amalgamated cities, but one would simply drain funds into the core. From policing costs to whatever, the underlying motive is to retain commercial revenue for downtown residents while extracting new funds from others that are not downtown.
Anyways,back to the pool.