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Pool upgrades urgently needed for 2019 season

posted Aug 20, 2018, 9:26 AM by Kathy Carr
he Carberry Plains Community Centre has an active swimming pool during the summer season. Between swimming lessons, aquafit classes, lap swim, school swim and public swim our swim­ming pool sees a variety of patrons throug­hout the summer. 
Swimming is one of Carberry and Area’s main opportunities to be physically active in the summer months. The pool is an essential component to the Town and Municipality’s recreation department, and an ideal gathering spot for members of the community, from infants to seniors.  
The current pool, which was constructed in 1998, is in need of some substantial up­grades after 20 years of serving the community. 
Most pressing, is the replacement of the entire pool liner, which has already doubled its life expectancy. This liner has held up impeccably, until recently, when wear and tear has become evident.  During start-up this season, the liner became torn in various places when the pool was filled with water, and had to be patched up to limp through the summer. The pool is losing water through the liner daily. We can’t thank the staff enough for their commitment to maintaining water levels and the proper chemical balance to en­sure the pool is safe and remains open until the end of the season. Our pool includes a zero-entry zone, leading to the shallow area, connecting to the slide section, which leads to the four lane 25-meter component. Rep­lacing the liner in this custom pool has been quoted at $152,550. Unfor­tuna­tely, without replacing this liner before the summer 2019 season, it is quite likely that the pool will not be operational.  
The second project neces­sary at the pool is the replacement of the current water slide. The slide needs to be upgraded to a safer and more enjoyable slide that will accommodate a variety of ages. The current slide is not an ideal size for a parent to take a small child down, so children must use the slide alone. The slide no longer has a working water component, which makes use difficult. Safety is our main concern with the project, and the replacement is essential. The expec­ted cost of replacement is $39,550. We are pleased to report that we have recently been awarded a $13,645 grant from Community Places for the slide project!    
The third improvement that is on our radar for the near future is painting the structural beams. They will need to be scraped and re-painted. This is a time-consuming project that will require special equipment.  
These three improvements are quoted at al­most $200,000. These renovations will require community support, in conjunction with capital savings and grant re­quests.  
Please join us at our August 31st event, and help kick-start our fund­raising efforts! The pool will be hosting a Free Swim Fundraiser on Friday, August 31 from NOON – 6:00 p.m. We will be taking a silver collection for swimming and will be hosting a fund­raising BBQ and a 50/50 draw.  
While we work away at securing partial funding through grants, we invite the community to take part in helping us bring these projects to life. If you are able to make a contribution to our pool renovation proj­ect, please send your donation to:
Town of Carberry/Mun. of NCL Pool Reno­vation Project 
Box 130 Carberry, MB R0K 0H0
If sending in a cheque, please make it payable to the Mun. of NCL.

by Carberry & Area Parks and Rec Board