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Public consultations on the fate of the shuttered Sherbrook Pool should start this summer. Depending on the outcome, the pool could reopen by the end of next year.
Councillors on the property and development committee voted this morning to move ahead with a city plan to consult residents before deciding whether to spend millions repairing and maintaining the historic inner city pool that was closed in November.
Last week, city staff said it would cost $2.6 million now to shore up corroded roof columns and fix old heating, cooling and electrical systems. Another $3.5 million in maintenance is needed over the next two decades, raising the question whether it makes better sense to build new, especially since those cost estimates are very preliminary.
At today’s meeting, area councilors, activists and pool users asked councilors to do what’s needed now to open the pool, while doing broad consultations on the neighbourhood’s recreation needs afterwards.
"First let’s get it safely open, and then let’s plan for the future," said Marianne Cerilli, chair of the Friends of the Sherbrook Pool.
City staff said they will hire a consultant in the next few months, with a view to launching public consultations over the summer. Council could get a report with recommendations by the end of the year. It will likely take another year after that to do detailed engineering work and make the necessary fixes to the pool.