Sherbrook Pool will open again one day.
Mayor Sam Katz announced Dec. 4 that the inner-city pool will get the funding and repairs it needs to be open to the public next year.
Friends of Sherbrook Pool chairperson Marianne Cerilli was ecstatic over the news, after being heavily involved and invested in getting the pool reopened after it closed over a year ago.
Prior to the mayor’s announcement, there had been two public consultations, on Nov. 14 and 18, to discuss the recreational needs of the Daniel McIntyre ward, where Sherbrook Pool is located. The consultations also included discussions about the fate of the pool.
Katz said the repairs to Sherbrook Pool are expected to cost $2.8 million.
"Not only the $1 million of repairs to the beams that were corroded, but the additional $1.8 million to fix the air circulation, heating, and other mechanical things," Cerilli explained.
Cerilli said the next step is to have an amendment approved that will include $2.8 million in the budget for the work.
"So we’re not done yet," Cerilli said. "We’re going to continue to go to City Hall to make sure the money is put in the budget."
In addition to consistently attending council meetings, Cerilli and the other Friends of Sherbrook Pool (FOSP) members have also developed a handbill with information about the pool on one side of the paper and city councillors’ names and contact information on the other side.
Information on the handbill includes bullet point facts such as that the pool closed on Nov. 29, 2012, and that the City announced St. Vital will be receiving $3 million for a season pool.
The handbill also reads, "Seniors and children are being turned away from lessons at other pools, which were supposed to provide accommodation."
Awareness was also raised through a rally, organized by University of Winnipeg students, on Nov. 27 outside of City Hall.
Cerilli said kids who normally took swimming lessons at Sherbrook Pool have been swimming at Eldon Ross Pool (1887 Pacific Ave. W), and she’d like to see the city provide more support to those families while Sherbrook Pool is closed.
"There’s broad support for the pool, not only in the West End and in the inner city," Cerilli said. "And I think that’s what the mayor heard, so we’re glad the message was loud and clear: Sherbrook Pool is the No. 1 priority for the area."
For more information about Sherbrook Pool, visit friendsofsherbrookpool.wordpress.com or call 204-786-1728.