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Sherbrook Pool $1 million richer

Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg donates funds for reopening

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Sherbrook Pool received a generous donation at Mayor Sam Katz’s State of the City Address on March 7.

The Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg donated $1 million to the pool for its renovations.

According to a release, the City of Winnipeg have established a sponsorship agreement with the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg, which means Sherbrook Pool will now be called Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool.

"We are looking forward to the grand reopening of the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool and seeing swimmers of all ages return to this historic building," Raj Phangureh, president of the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg, said in a release.

Katz first met with the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg in November of 2013 to discuss how the club could help with the reopening of the pool.

Friends of Sherbrook Pool (FOSP) chair Marianne Cerilli was thrilled to hear of the donation.

"I’m glad that they (the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg) came through with the million dollars," Cerilli said. "We welcome them as a partner in the pool and want to ensure their contribution is recognized."

Phangureh said he wanted to support the pool because he recognizes its importance to the community.

"It’s a very unique pool. It services a community that needs that pool, and a lot of people that use it don’t have the ability to travel to other areas," Phangureh said.

Cerilli said the next step for the FOSP is to ensure the pool will reopen within a year instead of two.

"We’re sending a letter to the mayor to get a commitment that there won’t be a delay in the work on the pool and that it will open in a year," Cerilli said. "We want to get some explanation for any delays and assurance that it will open in a more reasonable time frame."

The city had previously announced the pool was slated to open in 2016 instead of 2015 as originally planned. Cerilli was told the reason for the delay wasn’t financial, but it was because the design work would take time.

"They said it would take over nine months to design the plan," Cerilli said.

A city spokesperson told The Metro it is too early to tell if the donation will change the timeline for completion.

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