Aldergrove pool proponents want indoor facility

Longtime proponents of an Aldergrove pool are upbeat but still want some changes after last week’s announcement by Langley Township.

“Well, we still want an indoor pool,” said Joanne Nicolato of the Aldergrove Recreation and Pool Society.

For years the society has called for an eight-lane, 50-metre, indoor pool.

Last week the Township announced a $28.5 million, 25-metre, six lane, outdoor year-round pool and rec centre on the site of the former Aldergrove Elementary, which will be demolished.

The society released an official statement this year that supported the project overall but called for enclosing the pool but acknowledges funding is not there for an indoor pool.

“During the next three years of construction, this society will be working very closely with the Township of Langley, to help them actively seek out funding to turn the current plans of this outdoor pool into an indoor pool by opening day, May 2018,” said the statement.

The centre includes a wave pool, and a “lazy-river” feature that will surround three large waterslides as well as smaller waterslides and a water park.

“I agree with council,” said Nicolato. “I think it’s a destination project.”

Because the pool is being built so that it could be enclosed, the society will be seeking to turn it indoor before the projected opening day of May 2018.

“Definitely we still want the indoor pool,” she said. “It’s just how we get it.”

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Aldergrove Water Park
The new complex includes a pool, hot tubs, a water park and more. – Langley Township

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