A New Pool for the Empty Space in Mt Pleasant Community Park
Created October  3, 2011 by Anita Romaniuk
The original Mount Pleasant Outdoor Pool was built in 1967 in Mount Pleasant Community Park at 15th and Ontario in Vancouver, adjacent to the community centre of the same name. A new community centre was built at Main and Kingsway, but there is no swimming pool at this location. The old community centre and pool were demolished in 2010. In December 2009, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation approved a Master Plan for Mount Pleasant Community Park which **includes a space for a new outdoor pool**, but there is as yet no municipal funding dedicated for a pool.
We are seeking funds to complete a feasibility study and concept design for a new outdoor swimming pool in Mount Pleasant Community Park. The old pool was the heart of this community and is sadly missed by people of all ages, from children to youth to adults to seniors, who came to the pool not only to engage in the healthy recreational activity of swimming, but also to spend time with their families and friends during the long days of summer.
The feasibility study and concept design would include a new pool with green technology for heating, change rooms, and washrooms, with the latter being available to other users of the park, which is in the process of being rebuilt with sports courts, a playground, a skate park, and community gardens. It could also include a multi-purpose room and concession which would serve other users of the park and potentially raise revenues in addition to the pool admission fees.
We plan to leverage the funds spent on the feasibility study and concept design to raise additional funds to build a new outdoor pool, from a variety of sources including:
- green energy grants
- government infrastructure grants
- donations from individuals, corporations, and service/non-profit groups
We have carried out preliminary contacts with local MP’s and MLA’s and with local businesses and are aware of at least one other outdoor pool in BC which received a grant from Fortis for solar heating.
We are excited about this opportunity to raise funds for a new outdoor pool in Mount Pleasant!