Council to Dive Into Four Seasons Pool Issue
Prince George, B.C. – The Four Seasons pool in downtown Prince George is nearly 50 years old, and the facility has many issues.
This evening Council will be asked to receive a report on the facility which lays out three options:
- Replacement of Four Seasons Leisure Pool (Est. Capital cost 33M)
- Replacement of Four Seasons Leisure Pool (Option 1) and Repair and Additions to Aquatic Centre (Est. Capital cost 63M)
- Leave Four Seasons Leisure Pool as-is and large expansion to Aquatic Centre (Est. Capital cost 37M)
In its report to Council, Administration is calling on Council to approve option one with the proposed replacement to be located within the downtown.
The approval at this stage would still need to be finalized when Administration presents its 2017-2021 Capital plan for consideration, That presentation is set for the February 1st Budget meeting.
Also on the agenda for this evening’s regular meeting of Council is a proposed sports tourism strategy. Sport tourism has proven to be an economic boost and the request calls for annual funding of $50 thousand dollars ( from the Major Events Reserve funds).
Bylaw Services will be presenting a report to Council, calling for approval to change the current animal control bylaw . The change would change the focus from targeting certain breeds of dogs, to focusing on responsible pet ownership for those who own dogs and cats. According to the report, labeling certain breeds of dogs as “dangerous” has had little effect in protecting residents, that the identified “dangerous” dogs were respondible for about one in four reported dog bite incidents.
Council will be asked to deny an application to make a change to the zoning for a property on Preston Road from residential to “commercial conversion”. The applicant is currently operating a business under a Temporary Use Permit to provide behavioural counseling and life skills training for children with developmental disabilities . That temporary use permit will expire on February 1st of this year.
Water slides for the kids!!!!
Whatever the decision, I feel that the most important part is keeping the pool downtown.
I agree, they want people to live and work in the core, keep the pool there.
Yes I certainly agree with Summit and Grizzly.
Yes, I also agree. Pick #1 & fix the downtown pool. We’re try to improve & grow downtown.
“The change would change the focus from targeting certain breeds of dogs, to focusing on responsible pet ownership for those who own dogs and cats.”
Responsible cat ownership should include keeping one’s fluffy from climbing over the neighbour’s fence to use the raised vegetable beds as a convenient litter box! Happens usually at night when fluffy is allowed to roam!
And crawls on people vehicles to stay warm. And one cat sprays are vehicles to mark it’s territory
Harder to get a handle on cats but certainly not impossible. I have seen them on leashes before. Good thing they will focus on ownership now.
I think Four Seasons is good as is. I see no reason for its replacement other than real estate dreams of the administration at city hall. If I had to pick an option it would be number 3 or none of the above.
I think for half that cost the city could build a couple of smaller pools in the Hart and college Heights with partnership to the high schools in those areas.
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