Alberni election delays release of new pool report

The civic election in Alberni has delayed the release of the final report of the new Echo pool feasibility study.

Last week’s city election has delayed the release of the Echo Aquatic Centre feasibility study, Parks and Recreation manager Scott Kenny said.

The study’s final report was completed on Nov. 4 but is being kept under wraps until the new council’s first official meeting in January.

The new council is being sworn in Dec. 5 and hits the ground running in January.

“Some of them haven’t seen it yet so it needs to be run by council first before it can be released to the public,” Kenny said.

Assembled by Venture Pacific Construction Management, the study was completed over a six-month period.

It encapsulates comments made at public meetings about the new pool idea, existing pool assessment, demographic information and cost projections.

The study will also contain the four schematic options previously shown to the public last summer.

Also included will be two new ones based on further public comment at a second public engagement meeting.

In a previous public meeting, all of the options looked at renovating the existing facility or building a new pool and renovating the old building and using it for fitness, office and multipurpose spaces.

The options included a six-lane lap pool, leisure pool, waterslides, new change rooms, as well as office and fitness space.

Parks and Recreation officials said then that their preference would be for a new pool to be built on land behind the existing pool.

Council okayed the $24,000 feasibility study in March with funds from its land sale reserve fund.

Two open houses were subsequently held at Echo Centre to scope out comments from the public.

Three schematics based on public comments were revealed in June, with the options costing between $15 million to $18 million.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

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