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$1.05 M to reopen Sherbrook Pool, $1.6 M more needed in ‘near future’

Report lists repair costs, group says do it. City committee votes to consult residents.

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The Sherbrook Pool has been closed since last November when corrosion was found on steel columns supporting the roof.

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The Sherbrook Pool has been closed since last November when corrosion was found on steel columns supporting the roof. Photo Store

An engineering report on the Sherbrook Pool released last Friday pegs repairs needed to reopen the pool at $1.05 million.

Described as "envelope repairs" needed to ensure safety, they include work on roof columns, concrete beams, and the roof membrane.

The 81-year-old pool has been closed since last November after corrosion was discovered on 10 of 12 steel columns supporting the roof structure.

The new report also lists another $1.6 million for HVAC and electrical repairs "required in the near future," as well as $3.5 million in capital maintenance costs to operate the pool for the next 20 years, if it reopens.

Marianne Cerilli, president of the non-profit Friends of Sherbrook Pool (FOSP), said the report is good news.

"The fact that it’s just a million bucks, I think, is really great," she said.

Cerilli, a former NDP MLA and mayoral contender, said she believes the community will support spending the money.

The report, which was discussed on Tuesday at council’s property and development committee, recommends that the community be consulted to assess the "recreational needs of the Daniel McIntyre Ward."

The committee voted to pursue that recommendation.

"I’m a bit concerned that the report didn’t just recommend fixing (the pool)," Cerelli said prior to the meeting.

The city report also examines annual attendance at the Sherbrook Pool since 2002, concluding it has fluctuated but not increased over that period, averaging almost 43,000 per year.

It says in 2012 the Sherbrook Pool had the lowest attendance of 11 city-owned indoor pools.

The Pan Am Pool topped 400,000 in 2012, while Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex saw more than 300,000 people.

Cerilli said FOSP offers free swimming lessons to about 600 children each year as part of their KidSwim program.

Since the pool closure children children have been transported to other pools, such as Cindy Klassen or Eldon Ross, but enrolment numbers have dropped by about half, she said.

A notice on the city’s website for the Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex says the facility will be closed for scheduled maintenance from Aug. 24 to Sept. 28.

Find FOSP online at www.friendsofsherbrookpool.wordpress.com and the city’s report on Sherbrook Pool at www.winnipeg.ca among the city’s news releases.

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