Westsyde’s neighbourhood association is strongly urging the City to repair the community pool, which needs a new roof with an estimated price-tag of $3 million.
A letter to council from Steve Delaney, president of Westsyde Community Development Society, asks council to recognize the interests of residents by fixing and maintaining the 40-year-old pool.
The society’s position is consistent with neighbourhood sentiments expressed at an emotionally charged meeting held in Westsyde last Thursday, March 3, the first in a series of consultations on North Shore recreational amenities.
Residents have been asked for their thoughts on a centralized leisure pool at McArthur Island and conversion of Westsyde pool to accommodate other types of recreation, but so far there appears to be a general consensus on another option — fixing and reopening the Westsyde pool.
Delaney says residents prefer to keep a facility that is user-friendly and readily accessible. He also points to a long association and partnership with the City in improvements to the Westsyde Pool and Community Centre.
“We urge council to recognize and support the Westsyde community with this investment, and to recognize the interests and wishes of the residents, both young and old, who live in this growing residential area of Kamloops,” Delaney writes. “They wish to continue this use of this user-friendly and easily accessible facility.
Meanwhile, a third neighbourhood consultation session on recreation takes place Wednesday, March 9, 7-9 p.m., in NorKam secondary’s cafeteria.