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More money, less problems for Sherbrook Pool

Province donates $1.2 million to pool repairs

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Kevin Chief, Minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg, and Mayor Sam Katz announce a partnership between the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg and the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg to renovate the renamed Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool. Pictured: Chief (centre) and Mayor Katz (second from right) with local MLAs Andrew Swan (Minto), Rob Altemeyer (Wolseley), and city councillor Harvey Smith (Daniel McIntyre).

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Kevin Chief, Minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg, and Mayor Sam Katz announce a partnership between the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg and the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg to renovate the renamed Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool. Pictured: Chief (centre) and Mayor Katz (second from right) with local MLAs Andrew Swan (Minto), Rob Altemeyer (Wolseley), and city councillor Harvey Smith (Daniel McIntyre). Photo Store

Things are going swimmingly for Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool lately.

The most recent news is that the Province of Manitoba has donated an additional $1.2 million towards renovating and reopening the West End facility, bringing the total donations to almost $4 million, including $1.7 million from the City of Winnipeg and $1 million from the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg.

"That’s more than enough to do the repairs," Friends of Sherbrook Pool chairperson Marianne Cerilli said.

In addition to the repairs to the roof, pool deck, and columns, Cerilli said the latest donation is expected to go towards fixing the change rooms.

"It’s more cosmetic, not structural or for safety," Cerilli said of that job.

Construction has not yet started on the pool. According to Cerilli, proposals asking companies to place bids to do the construction and design work went out the day before the province donated $1.2 million to the pool.

"We don’t have a construction (completion) date. We’re still anticipating they can finish construction in 2015," Cerilli said.

Otherwise, Cerilli said she’s glad the province is stepping up and helping out.

"We’re thrilled there’s a commitment to increasing the life of the pool," Cerilli said.

The Friends of Sherbrook Pool is hosting an annual general meeting and a party on June 14. The meeting will be at the Knox United Church (400 Edmonton St.) at noon, and following that will be a party at the Central Park splash pad (400 Cumberland Ave.).

"It’s a celebration to thank our funders," Cerilli said.

Cerilli said although there’s lots to celebrate, there is still work to be done. She wants to see an elevator installed at the pool for people with physical disabilities. She’d also like to find a way to get the most use out of the pool. Before the pool was closed, it was under-used during the day time, so Cerilli would like to come up with ways to fill the pool at all hours of the day.


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