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Pierrefonds-Roxboro to invest $4M in new neighbourhood pool

The Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough is taking the first plunge to replace a network of privately managed neighbourhood pools by investing about $4 million in a new facility at Grier Park.

Monday, the borough awarded a $267,000 contract to a firm to draw up specifications for a new 25-metre, eight-lane pool with a diving area and an adjacent 5,600-square-foot chalet to replace the existing Valley-crest pool facility on Des Cageux St., just west of St. Charles Blvd. Locker rooms, including family ones, would also be included, borough spokesman Bassam Chaarani said.

Valleycrest, one of six outdoor pools run by non-profit associations that are subsidized by the city, opened in 1974.

Valleycrest will reopen this summer as usual and its demolition and work on building the replacement facility will commence in September, Chaarani said.

The first publicly managed pool in the borough should be completed in spring 2014, he added.

The borough met with officials from all six community-administrated pools in late 2011 regarding annual municipal subsidies, which total more than $100,000 and the possibility of building three new pools to replace some of the aging outdoor structures that might require costly upgrades.

The borough was hesitant to invest tax dollars in privately run clubs, especially considering the land is not owned by the city, borough Mayor Monique Worth said. An agreement has been reached with Valleycrest officials so the club’s property will be ceded to the city, she said.

“We couldn’t get any subsidies (grants) until the land belongs to the city,” she said.

In Valleycrest’s case, the borough will fund the new pool project out of its capital program. “We’ve been saving up money for years for something like this,” Worth said.

While initial plans proposed building three new outdoor pools over several years to replace the network of community-run summer pools, Worth said the issue still has to be studied and will only be determined after the new facility at Valleycrest is up and running.

“We’ll start with one (outdoor pool) and then decide after that,” Worth said. The possibility of an indoor pool, which would be a first for the borough of 68,000 people, would also have to be considered as an option. ‘The firm we hired (Monday) will study all that and build a new pool at Valleycrest.

“As for two other (outdoor) pools, we’re not there yet,” she continued. “We also have to take into consideration nearby homes, traffic and parking lots. We have to study that first.”

A new indoor pool/multi-use aquatic facility could cost about $25 million, Worth said. “We have a big population, but no indoor pool,” she remarked.

As for the new pool being constructed, Worth said it hasn’t been determined what user fees or annual seasonal passes will be required when it opens. Since it will set the tone for any future pools to be run by the borough, the user-fee issue will be studied carefully, she added.

One comment

  1. By Liana Goldsmith

    It would be nicer to have a nice indoor facility instead of three outdoor pools so
    Roxboro-Pierrefonds residents can have a place for year-round swimming lessons.
    I, for one, am tired of paying higher fees and the complicated registration system in DDO…

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