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Residents invited to help “pick a pool” for Kiwanis Park

Kitchener – The pool at Kiwanis Park is in need of renovation, and staff is looking for feedback from the public before bringing forward a recommended design for council’s consideration.

The proposed renovation will involve necessary updates to the pool at Kiwanis Park that will improve filtration, infrastructure, and overall appearance of the pool. This work will ensure the pool meets current legislation and health and safety requirements.

The pool at Kiwanis is a highly valued community asset that has been a part of the park for almost 50 years, and sees more than 40,000 visitors annually. “Residents in our community take great pride in our facilities. Their input is an important part of the process when we are talking about improvements,” said Denise Keelan, the city’s manager of aquatics and athletics. “We want to be sure we are investing in the type of facilities and features that create inviting recreational spaces for future generations while meeting the needs of our current users.”

Two options have been developed for residents to comment on. Both include updated infrastructure and filter system, and offer choice between a passive beach entry design similar to the existing pool, or an updated, but slightly smaller, pool with larger deck area and a deeper area that will allow for swimming lessons and lane swims. In addition to these options, residents are being asked if they would like to see an additional splash pad area near the pool with water features for young children. Although spray features are not part of the current scope of work in options A and B, and would add costs to the renovation (estimated at up to $500,000), a significant renovation like this is the right time to consider the potential addition of these elements.

Staff will present a report, including the feedback received and recommendations, to council for their consideration later this fall. Recommendations approved in the report must still go through the 2016 budget process.

Any work approved would begin in the spring of 2017. There would be no disruption to the park during the 2016 season. Residents and pool users are being encouraged to have their say between Aug. 27 & Sept. 7, by providing their feedback through our online survey or by visiting Kiwanis Park or any other City of Kitchener pool to talk to staff in person.

More information about the Kiwanis Park pool renovation can be found at www.kitchener.ca/kiwanispark.

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