Friends of Sherbrook Pool (FOSP) announced Nov. 7 that there will be two public consultations to discuss the fate of Sherbrook Pool (381 Sherbrook St.).
The consultations will be on Nov. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (430 Langside St.) and on Nov. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Robert A. Steen Community Centre (980 Palmerston Ave.).
As well, the City of Winnipeg’s community services department has arranged for Probe Research Inc. to spend the next few weeks assessing the recreational needs of the Daniel McIntyre ward, which includes the Sherbrook Pool, according to a release.
Because the consultations are coming up so soon, FOSP chair Marianne Cerilli is concerned that there isn’t a lot of time to get the word out and that people aren’t going to have enough notice.
"I’m glad they haven’t extended the deadline for the consultations because we don’t want it delayed any further," Cerilli said. "But we’re concerned that having to do that in a month is going to make the consultations less meaningful."
Nov. 29 will be the one-year anniversary of the pool’s closure.
Cerilli said that during the consultations, the pool will be just one of many other issues up for discussion, and she doesn’t think that’s fair.
"If another one of the city pools closed — if Pan Am Pool closed — you think they would keep it closed for a year and have community consultations?" Cerilli said. "I don’t think they would do that."
Cerilli said the cost of reparations and renovations is pegged at $2 million.
Louise Lamb spoke on behalf of the senior citizens who used Sherbrook Pool — not just from the Daniel McIntyre ward, but from communities all over Winnipeg. Lamb said that without Sherbrook Pool, a large number of seniors would lose a resource that allows them to be active, adding the pool has characteristics that makes swimming more comfortable and accessible for them. Such characteristics include warm water and special programming for people with conditions such as MS and arthritis.
"There’s no other facility like it that meets our needs," Lamb insisted.
Emily Welty is a young community member who also benefits from the pool. A swimmer with the Sherbrook Sharks Swim Club, Welty explained that many of her teammates have had to take their practices to the Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex, and several don’t even attend because they don’t have the means of transportation to make the trip.
"(Sherbrook Pool) is a part of our team’s identity," Welty said.
For more information about Sherbrook Pool, contact FOSP at 204-786-1728.