After being shut down for more than a year and with community consultations behind them, the city’s Executive Policy Committee voted Friday to spend $1.7 million in 2014 to reopen Sherbrook Pool.
“We’ve heard very clearly that the people of Winnipeg want to see the doors re-open on Sherbrook Pool,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “I am committed to seeing that this pool is open for use by the Sherbrook Sharks Swim Club, seniors, students and everyone seeking local, affordable, recreation opportunities in Winnipeg’s West-Central community.”
EPC also voted to make the following changes to the upcoming budget:
A grant of $75,000 to the Winnipeg Art Gallery for its Inuit Art and Learning Centre capital campaign, with the balance of the funding request referred to the 2015 and 2016 budget processes
A grant of $75,000 to the Western Canada Aviation Museum for its Skyward – Legends of Canadian Aviation capital campaign, to be located on the site of the former Winnipeg International Airport, with the balance of the funding request referred to the 2015 and 2016 budget processes
A grant of $39,000 to the African Canadian Foundation to assist in developing a business plan related to the construction of an African cultural and community centre in Winnipeg’s downtown.
A $5,000 increase in the annual grant to the Heritage Winnipeg Corporation
Seven Oaks Indoor Pool will also see $5 million in upgrades, including a new spray pad and wading pool.
Council still has to approve the 2014 budget. It will be considered at council on Dec. 17.