Langley Township council will spend $280,000 on the first phase of roofing the new Aldergrove pool, but that won’t completely enclose the swimming area.
On Dec. 14, the council voted for the spending which will allow for the construction of footings, needed for a future canopy over the six-lane, 25-metre pool.
The debate about whether or not to fully enclose the pool has been going on for years, even before this year’s announcement of the completed design and funding of the new Aldergrove Recreation Centre.
Local residents have been pushing for a full indoor pool comparable to that in Walnut Grove or to Murrayville’s W.C. Blair Pool.
However, the council decided on an outdoor pool with an extensive water park around it, including slides and a wave pool. The pool area will be part of the community centre that will also include a new ice rink and other community amenities.
The six-lane lap pool will be heated and will be open for the majority of the year.
The canopy, if built, would cost an additional $1.5 million.
“Council gave serious consideration to fully enclosing the pool and making it an indoor facility, but there are significant capital costs involved, along with even more significant operating costs,” said Mayor Jack Froese.
The $26 million facility will heat the pool in the fall and winter with excess energy from the machinery that cools the ice rink.
The facility is being built on one end of Aldergrove’s downtown core, at the former site of the Aldergrove Elementary, which is being taken down, with much of the material to be recycled.