Mount Pleasant Pool: City of Vancouver and Park Board Fund It Now

Mount Pleasant Pool: City of Vancouver and Park Board Fund It Now

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The old Mount Pleasant Outdoor Pool was demolished in 2009, and a new pool promised in the 2010 Master Plan for Mount Pleasant Community Park, but after 12 years, the City of Vancouver and its Board of Parks & Recreation has yet to approve funding to build the pool. Vancouver is deficient in outdoor pools per population compared to other Canadian cities (****See Chart below), and the shortage has become increasingly desperate as the city grows and densifies, leading to lineups at outdoor pools and families scrambling to find lessons for their children to learn to swim and practice water safety. The climate crisis has led to heat domes/heat waves and a shortage of places to cool off, and more violent weather that has damaged waterfront pools such as Kitsilano outdoor pool and the Vancouver Aquatic Centre indoor pool. We need outdoor pools in areas of Vancouver that are not perched on the waterfront, and which provide people with access to pools that reduce trips by private vehicles. New outdoor pools can be built with a climate change lens to reduce the production of greenhouse gases and provide swimmers with clean and healthy recreation. 

We therefore petition the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation to:

  1. Expedite building Outdoor Pools as per the 2016 Park Board motion: https://parkboardmeetings.vancouver.ca/2016/20160530/MOTIONDECISION-ExpeditingNewOutdoorPools-20160530.pdf
  2. Prioritize Mount Pleasant Pool as per the 2019 VanSplash Aquatic Strategy: https://parkboardmeetings.vancouver.ca/2019/20191028/DECISION-VanSplash-VancouverAquaticsStrategyReportBack-20191028.pdf
  3. Reallocate capital funds to Mount Pleasant Outdoor Pool from the 2023-26 Capital Plan, as per the Park Board's motion of June 27, 2022: https://parkboardmeetings.vancouver.ca/2022/20220627/DECISION-2023-2026CapitalPlan-ParksRecreation-20220627.pdf and identify additional sources of funding to build the pool by 2026.

****Comparing City Population, # of Outdoor Pools & People per Pool

City of Montreal, pop. 1,762,949, 74 outdoor pools, 23,824 people per pool

City of Toronto, pop. 2,792,356, 58 outdoor pools, 48,144 people per pool

Regina, pop. 238,591, 5 outdoor pools, 47,718 people per pool

Winnipeg, pop. 749,607, 7 outdoor pools, 107,087 people per pool

Ottawa, pop. 1,135,014, 9 outdoor pools,  126,113 people per pool

Calgary, pop. 1,306,784, 8 outdoor pools, 163,348 people per pool

Edmonton, pop. 1,010,899, 5 outdoor pools, 202,180 people per pool

Vancouver, pop. 662,248, 3 outdoor pools, 220,749 people per pool

Note: Toronto is building 3 more outdoor pools, & Regina has recently 1 more.

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