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on Oct 15th 2022 (…more)
Sign the Petition on Funding Mount Pleasant Pool
Why are we petitioning the Vancouver Park Board now?
Mount Pleasant Outdoor Pool was included in the Vancouver Park Board’s Aquatic Strategy in 2019, but is still not funded.
We are petitioning the Vancouver Park Board and City of Vancouver to identify funding to build the pool by 2026.
Please read, sign, and share the petition if you are interested in the return of outdoor swimming for thousands of people in Vancouver’s urban core. The host site may ask for a donation but it is NOT required in order to sign and show your support.
As of Saturday, September 24th 2022 we have over 1187 signatures. (651 digital + 536 on paper)
Sign now to add your support, the candidates are watching!
Our position and facts on the state of Pools in Vancouver:
Vancouver is deficient in outdoor swimming pools, and the summer of 2022 proved that once again with people lining up for several hours to get into a pool during a heat wave only to be turned away.
Residents have been waiting for the return of Mount Pleasant Outdoor Pool since the old pool was demolished in 2009. Funding for Marpole Pool was allocated in the previous Capital Plan, but sadly has now been deferred to a second phase of the redevelopment of Marpole /Oak Park.
The rebuilding of the pools continues to face challenges due to City funding shortfalls and ongoing staff opposition to funding pools even though funding for pools has been strongly supported through many public consultations and Park Board approved policies.
VSPOP fully supports rebuilding the pools that will give long term benefits to the broader community.
We hope to gain support from our elected representatives on Park Board and Council for reallocating and topping up capital funds and seeking funds from other levels of government, as per this motion tabled at the Park Board meeting held on June 27th:
Moved by Commissioner John Irwin:
D. THAT the Vancouver Park Board direct staff to explore reallocating $11.5 million of funds in the proposed 2023–2026 Capital Plan to facilitate the planning, design and building of the Mount Pleasant Pool; $5.5 million from converting parkland to healthy habitat; and $6 million from other sources of funding to be determined by staff.
In favour: Barker, Coupar, Giesbrecht, Irwin, Mackinnon Opposed: Demers, Dumont
As well as:
E. THAT the Park Board request Council for additional funding to complete the outdoor pool phase of the Marpole Community Centre renewal plan.
- Read the discussion guide (PDF, 19 pages) to learn more about the draft 2023-26 Capital Plan) (PDF, 74 pages)
- Register to speak at the June 27th Special Park Board Meeting online or in person. https://vancouver.ca/your-
- Please encourage others to take action as well. Delaying until a future 4-year Capital Plan is a bad option, when a basic swimming pool is desperately needed for our hotter, dryer summers and anticipated higher density.