Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 01/12/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
A film director who's made the city famous around the world is calling on the mayor to keep Sherbrook Pool open.
Guy Maddin, maker of the acclaimed documentary My Winnipeg, has written Mayor Sam Katz to say he's "extremely saddened to hear of the sudden and possibly permanent closure of Sherbrook Pool."
In November, the pool was suddenly shut after the discovery that 10 pillars supporting the roof had eroded.
A city spokeswoman said Friday "department and third-party engineers are still conducting the structural assessment of the whole building.
"Then we will be looking at all our options. So no decision has been made at this time," she said.
Maddin said the pool, built in 1930, is "just one of the many historically and emotionally iconic Winnipeg locations under constant threat of obliteration here in Winnipeg.
"Far too many rock-solid buildings in Winnipeg have fallen to the wrecker's ball as part of short-term plans that lack vision, perspective or sense of our place in the great human flow of time.
"Their razing has left us ignorant of Winnipeg itself, poorer citizens of the world," Maddin wrote Katz.
"I'm not opposed to change or progress. We just have to ask ourselves what progress is. I love the new MTS Centre, but please, please don't let what happened to Eaton's happen to the Sherbrook Pool."
Maddin said places such as the Sherbrook Pool are "part of our collective consciousness.
"My film, My Winnipeg, is a fanciful and affectionate look at what is really a great city, the city I love, our Winnipeg.
"In the movie, I dreamed there are actually three levels to Sherbrook Pool -- that's how deeply I felt that facility rooted itself in our city's collective memory," he wrote.
A group called Friends of Sherbrook Pool, which raised $5 million for the facility in the past, told news media they felt the city's lack of discussion about the pool's issues after this fall's closure was "disrespectful."
"So many Winnipeggers have felt so strongly about the pool for so long, I feel it's tragic to abort the possibility of further generations feeling the same way," Maddin wrote.
"Let's all get together and fix the one level of the pool that actually does exist," wrote Maddin. "The community it serves needs this pool, the city needs this pool, we all need Sherbrook Pool to stay open."
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 12, 2013 B1
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Boy who gave up Jets stick gets surprise gift
Province cuts ties with Osborne House board
Steinbach man allegedly assaults RCMP officer
Plane towed to terminal after mechanical issue reported
Trio facing drug charges in Steinbach
Appeals of first-degree murder convictions dismissed
Man sentenced to 6 months in jail for prolonged domestic attack
Bowman says city looking at 'efficiencies' to cut pool costs
Selinger claims 'vast majority' of delegates in leadership race
Bowman defends tax hikes as strategic investments
Downtown to get off-leash dog park
Manitoba Museum to get $5.3-M expansion
Fewer Manitobans add to RRSPs: BMO
Reducing business tax will spur growth: Bowman
Agassiz chalet dismantled and burned
Stadium owner to sue architect, builder over water drainage, insulation problems
Four kids taken to hospital as precaution after school bus crash
Twain to play MTS Centre in June
Charges for man after Beausejour store assault
Unwanted guest -- winter -- lingers
Upgraded traffic system to be up and running in 2016
Not a hidden tax hike: mayor
Singles night at Safeway causes a stir on Twitter
No early release for ex-officer
Frigid today, but warm weekend on the way
'Old-style politics' despite a promise
Surprise plea in Project Distress
Police probe boy's death on reserve as a homicide
BUDGET 2015: Highlights from the City of Winnipeg's 2015 spending blueprint
Voters' honeymoon period still in effect for new mayor, poll indicates
Panhandler sends message with food in café
Free Press journalist receives honourable mention for coverage of Brian Sinclair inquest