Port Hardy Pool

The residents of Port Hardy had a debate about what should be done with the aging pool complex

Port Hardy residents waded into the pool debate Feb. 2 as the district held an come-and-go open house to

discuss what should be done with the aging complex.The pool is over 40 years old. The normal life expectancy

is 30 to 40 years old, and it has been 25 years since it has had a major renovation and retrofit.The district is

looking at three options.The first is to repair the existing facility which would increase the lifespan of the pool by

up to 15 years. This option, which has an estimated $3.159 million price tag, would include tile repair, heating

and ventilation upgrades, dehumidifier replacement and seismic upgrades. Further upgrades would be carried

out over the next nine years.The second option is to repair and expand the facility at an estimated cost of

$8.016 million ($3,159 million for repairs and $2.329 million). This would also increase the life expectancy of

the pool 15 years.The third option is a completely new recreation facility. The estimated cost of this option,

which would have a 30 to 40 year lifespan, is $10.514 million.”If the majority of the public appear to want a new

facility the District will engage an architect and project manager to give more conceptual ideas,” said Chief

Administrative Officer Allison.The purpose of last Tuesday’s meeting, said Director of Corporate Services

Heather Nelson-Smith, was to let the public know what the status of the facility is and what the options

are.There was also a “dream board” where people could write down what they would like to see in a new

recreation centre.Some of the sticky notes attached to the board suggested a never-ending lap pool, a birthday

party room, squash courts, change rooms, a gym, a marine and sea life display in tanks, and a children’s water

park.The dream board has now been placed in the lobby of the recreation centre so people can continue to add

to it, Nelson-Smith said.In addition to the open house, the district has been busy collecting surveys which have

been available on line and in a paper format. As of Feb. 2, the district had received 490 completed surveys on

line and another 150 paper ones, said Heather Nelson-Smith.”That’s more than 10 per cent of the population of

Port Hardy,” she said.The district will continue to collect surveys until Feb. 19, said McCarrick.The survey and

initial open house results will be compiled and it is anticipated they will be made public by March 31, McCarrick

said.Stakeholders will then be invited to a meeting to give their input. These include representatives from the

local business community, Regional District of Mount waddington, First Nations, School District #85, etc.

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