Coquitlam’s Spani Pool is celebrating its 50th birthday with a major upgrade and residents are being asked to weigh-in with their thoughts on how the popular summer gathering spot can be improved.
In May, council approved spending $100,000 to look at options for renewing the aging facility, which badly needs a new swim tank. Additional supporting amenities, like an upgraded concession, picnic area and spray deck, are also being discussed, according to a staff report.
“Outdoor pools serve an important role in the community of Coquitlam,” parks and rec staff stated in a report to council. “They enhance the range of aquatic facilities available in the city, increase opportunities for exercise and sport, provide additional learn-to-swim opportunities and are popular destinations for respite from summer heat, relaxing and socializing.”
Virtual focus groups will be held with stakeholders and pool user groups this fall, while residents are encouraged to provide their feedback online (www.letstalkcoquitlam.ca/spani).
The city said insights gathered during the consultation process will be used as it develops the Spani Outdoor Pool Renewal Study, which will guide council as it begins upgrading the facility.
The changes being proposed are significant.
On top of the improved amenities, the city intends to enlarge the swim tank, upgrade heating and water treatment equipment to bring it in line with current energy efficiency standards, and construct new inclusive change-rooms and washrooms.
Staff said a “high-level estimate” for the cost of the project is approximately $15 million, however a more refined budget will be developed once the final design process has concluded.