The city is spending $3 million to modernize the St. Vital Centennial Outdoor Pool.
The new heated pool will have an accessible beach-style entry and multiple spray features, while also extending its operation season. Other upgrades include a new pool building complete with standard and family change rooms, washrooms and lockers.
“The St. Vital Centennial Pool has been a popular summertime destination for neighbourhood families for over 45 years,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “The improvements planned for this facility will improve its accessibility and make it more enjoyable for users of all ages and abilities.”
Katz made the announcement alongside St. Vital Councillor Brian Mayes, who said his mother took him and his sister to the same pool in the late 1960s. The facility hasn’t changed much since that time, Mayes added.
Besides the pool, funding will also be allotted for new pathways, pool decking, fencing and landscaping. The playground area will also be redeveloped to include a new play structure and swings, while new bike racks will be installed. A new connection to the Fermor Avenue Active Transportation pathway will allow cyclists to travel between the venue safely.
Construction will begin in the spring of 2014, with completion expected in the fall of 2014.