New Maple Leaf Pool to open in 2020; Was­cana Pool in 2021

Regina Leader-Post - - CITY+REGION - ARTHUR WHITE-CRUMMEY [email protected]­media.com

The City of Regina is lay­ing out its plans to re­build Maple Leaf and Was­cana Pools, with open­ing dates ten­ta­tively sched­uled for 2020 and 2021.

The city was orig­i­nally plan­ning to shut down Maple Leaf Pool and in­vest $16.5 mil­lion to trans­form Was­cana Pool into a “desti­na­tion aquatic fa­cil­ity.” But pub­lic out­cry at De­cem­ber’s bud­get meet­ing de­railed that plan.

In­stead, coun­cil voted to re­place Maple Leaf Pool with a new pool in the same lo­ca­tion, with plan­ning and con­struc­tion to be­gin as soon as pos­si­ble.

While there was some talk of us­ing the money ini­tially slated for the Was­cana Pool up­grade to pay for both projects, coun­cil did not set­tle on a fund­ing plan.

Thurs­day’s meet­ing of coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity and Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices Com­mit­tee will look at a pro­posed time­line for re­build­ing the pools. If the rec­om­men­da­tions pass, the city would start by seek­ing a con­trac­tor to de­sign them. De­mo­li­tion of the ex­ist­ing Maple Leaf Pool would be­gin by mid-2019.

Ad­min­is­tra­tion isn’t ex­pected to bring for­ward a fi­nanc­ing plan un­til late this year, with a con­struc­tion ten­der to be awarded at that time. Con­struc­tion of the new Maple Leaf Pool would be­gin in early 2020 with the open­ing date slated for some­time af­ter mid-year.

The new Was­cana Pool wouldn’t be ready un­til 2021, ac­cord­ing to the time­line. But it would stay open dur­ing the 2019 sea­son.

The time­line also calls for con­sul­ta­tion with the Her­itage Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion to look at other pro­gram­ming to fill the gap, as well as trans­porta­tion op­tions for res­i­dents to ac­cess other pools while the work con­tin­ues. Ad­min­is­tra­tion hopes to have some­thing in place by mid-2019.

There is cur­rently enough money in place to com­plete all of this year’s work, ac­cord­ing to ad­min­is­tra­tion. But coun­cil will have to fig­ure out how it will pay for the bulk of the costs through the 2020 bud­get process.

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