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Sept 17, 2023

Our booth at Car Free Day on Main Street in Vancouver

                            

The end of summer weather was perfect and the street was packed with people from all over Vancouver.

We were able to talk to many people who stopped by our booth and it’s obvious from the enthusiasm for outdoor pools shown by our community that restoring the pool in Mount Pleasant Park is much wanted and needed.

Most often asked questions: Where’s the Pool and what happened to it ??

Thanks again to Mount Pleasant and Vancouver residents for showing your support !

Apr 22, 2023

Why is Vancouver so far behind providing outdoor swimming pools in its communities?

Take a look at this chart:

Comparison of Outdoor Pools in Canadian Cities

Vancouver should be concerned about this huge deficiency and move now to establish outdoor pools as a priority when building and updating new community recreational facilities.

Apr 12, 2023

Please, if you haven’t already done so, remember to Sign the Petition before leaving these pages!

Click Here to Sign The Petition
As of Thursday June 13, 2024 1:10 am 1639 supporters have signed the petition. (995 online plus 644 on paper)

We need to show the new Park Board that our community still has the support of the thousands of members who have signed our petitions since 2009 (!) and who want the Mount Pleasant Park Pool back as well as restoring the goals set out in the Vancouver Park Board Aquatic Studies and Van Splash initiative supporting Outdoor Pools and making them part of this new Park Board’s agenda.

Apr 01, 2023
Vancouver is really missing out.
Summer is coming and Vancouver still has only 3 outdoor swimming pools left, all on the waterfront.

This is what outdoor swimming used to be like, look at those kids!


Hastings Community Park Pool, August 1961.
Hastings and Renfrew.

(re-posted from a post by Allen Doolan on our Facebook page, Thanks Allen!)
 

Mar 12, 2023

A six month swim season is very doable with the newer pools. Technology is improving all the time to make outdoor pools more efficient and less costly to operate.
It is time to drop the argument that outdoor swimming pools are only open for two months of the year and look ahead to serving the needs of Vancouver residents who spoke loud and clear through our largest aquatic study ever (VanSplash) in favour of more swimming opportunities and city wide access.

 

Outdoor Pools to offer “Hybrid Options” for 2023 in New West

From NEWWESTRECORD.CA

(re-posted from a post by Margery on our Facebook page, -Thanks Margery!)

Feb 13, 2023

From BC Government News:

B.C. Building Stronger Communities with $1 billion Growing Communities Fund

Good! Can we please add outdoor pools to the list of prospective recipients of the Growing Communities Fund?
Vancouver is already deficient in outdoor pools compared to other Canadian cities.

(re-posted from a post by Anita on our Facebook page, Thanks Anita!)

Oct 17, 2022

(excerpted from CBC News online: CBC News Kids Vote Results )

“The (Kids Vote) program, which the City of Vancouver initiated to familiarize kids with the democratic process, allowed children to fill out a ballot at advance polling stations.
Instead of choosing candidates, kids selected answers to four multiple-choice questions.
When asked how they like to spend their time in Vancouver, 45 per cent chose swimming at pools. Playing in parks and playground came in second at 32 per cent.”

Our Vancouver kids echo what we have known all along; that Vancouverites look to swimming and pools as a preferred form of healthy activity and recreation.

Let’s all send messages and feedback to the newly elected Park Board:
Park Board Commissioners Feedback
and the new City Council and Mayor:
Vancouver City Council and Mayor Feedback
to remind them to please be kind and build more swimming pools!

Oct 16, 2022

Vancouver has a newly elected Park Board that will be responsible for the maintenance and growth of Vancouver aquatics. We wish them the best, and we will continue to work enthusiastically with Park Board to support the maintenance and renewal of outdoor swimming pools. Let’s talk about extending the outdoor pool season through October!

Sign the Petition on Funding Mount Pleasant Pool

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE PETITION

Why is the Mount Pleasant Community Centre Association 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.

The Mount Pleasant Community Centre Association is 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 support 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 Thursday, June 13, 2024 1:10 am 1639 supporters have signed the petition. (995 online plus 644 on paper)

Please sign and share now! We need to show the newly elected Park Board and City Council that the community firmly supports a new Outdoor Pool!

 

SCAN QR ABOVE OR CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE PETITION

 

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

CARRIED

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.

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

May 16, 2022
 
Trout Lake will have the chance to become swimmable again, thanks to the John Hendry Park Renewal Plan being adopted at Park Board with the following amendment put forward at last night’s meeting by Park Board Commissioner John Coupar:
 
D) That the Vancouver Park Board direct staff to develop and implement a plan to prioritize water quality improvements to ensure safe swimming at Trout Lake with a goal to eliminate public swimming closures as a result of unsafe E. coli levels.

 

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A VSPOP thought for the day:

Keep on Kicking and Breathe !
…Vancouver Lifeguard Wally

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