New Nelson pool will open Saturday July 15th

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 21, 2017



This is good news – timely as well.

The Nelson pool and splash pad are targeted to reopen on Saturday, July 15

The Recreational swims will be held daily between 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Lap time swims can be found at:

Nelson pool rendering

Bigger and better – but no sponsorship.

In 2015 the city announced that “with two severe winter seasons back-to-back, the steel tank at Nelson Pool has seen an accelerated rate of deterioration,” said Chris Glenn, director of parks and recreation. “Ensuring public safety is our top priority, and thus the need to keep Nelson Pool closed.”

Getting the pool re-built generated some vociferous debate when Ward 4 Councillor Jack Dennison wanted to hand the job off to the private sector and have a new pool in for the following summer

City manager James Ridge suggested a plan like that was not very prudent and that 2017 was the more likely with 2018 a possible opening date as well.

When the announcement on the made on the size of the pool and when it was most likely to open the city also released a report on possible sponsorship for the pool.

During a discussion on fund raising for the Nelson pool reference was made to the consultant’s analysis which estimated value for a Facility Naming Sponsor could range between $300,000 to $350,000. It is also recommended that the payment terms could be as follows:

• $30,000 – $35,000* annually for an agreement term of 8 to 10 years
• Incentive to pay upfront: 15% discount = $297,500 – $250,500
• Paid within 3 years: 10% discount = $315,000 – $270,000

There doesn’t appear to have been a taker for this deal.

Look for the photo ops when the pool opens. We recall watching Mike Wallace get himself soaked at the opening of a splash pad in Ward 3 – he was the Member of Parliament at the time.

Perhaps all seven members of city council will take a leap into the water.

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