The positioning of Maple Creek’s proposed pool building has been adjusted to improve accessibility.
Town Council has agreed to turn the planned building 90 degrees, placing it on the west side, not the north side, of the site near Centennial Park. It was believed that this would allow better access to the public and for servicing.
Another argument was that it would enable parents to see the playground area and water park and keep an eye on their children.
The decision to modify the layout was taken at the May 25 Council meeting, following a suggestion from Edmonton-based contractors, Master Pools Alta.
Councillor Al Fournier, chairperson of the Parks, Recreation & Culture Committee, said the recommendation made sense.
“Personally, I like the information we’ve received from Master Pools,” he said. “I think we should go that route.”
Other councillors supported the recommendation.
Councillor Corrine Collura said the community had talked about accessibility for seniors and strollers.
“I think it’s better that way for everyone involved in getting into the building,” she said.
Councillor Cara Teichroeb said she valued Master Pools’ understanding of the project.
Councillor Betty Abbott said she liked the way the proposed building faced the parking lot.
“Accessibility is definitely nice. The comment that there might be more option for green space is good.”
Michelle McKenzie, the Mayor, backed the reasoning for the new location, agreeing with the point about green space.
Also at the meeting, Council considered a motion that the Town provide minimum heat to the planned pool building for frost protection and insulation. It was decided to table the matter until the first meeting in June for further information.
During the “Mayor and Councillors Forum”, Councillor Fournier returned to the subject of the pool.
He said there was a water table issue at land earmarked for the pool, which would be looked at by Master Pools and its engineers.
A geotechnical survey at the site, which involved drilling boreholes, had been completed on April 27; samples were sent to engineers.
Construction drawings for the project should be ready in a few weeks.
If everything goes according to plan, the construction of the new pool will start in July. It is hoped the bulk of the project can be completed in four to five months, with finishing touches applied in May and June 2022. A grand opening has been pencilled in for July 2022, although there are several variables that could affect these dates, such as COVID-19 and the weather.
The pool will feature a 5-lane pool, lazy river, water slide, beach entry tot pool and changing rooms.