Vancouver is going to get a new outdoor pool… but it won’t be permanent.
Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung says the city is setting up a “pop up” pool to help deal with the lack of outdoor swimming facilities in the city.
“It’s a little different than a pop-up sale or pop-up restaurant. Pop-up pools typically have a life span of about 5 years.”
It’s part of a broader reimagining of the city’s aquatic strategy called “VanSplash,” which will launch a public survey online tomorrow.
Kirby-Yung sung says the board is looking to make a splash, most likely in South or East Vancouver, which she says are currently undeserved.
“In terms of the type of pool, we want it to be a reasonable size where people can fully enjoy swimming, so they’ll actually be able to swim and do laps hopefully.”
Kirby-Yung says the pool will likely cost between one and two million dollars.
But how about a permanent pool?
“Well, permanent take a lot longer to deliver, in terms of build out. They are also more expensive from a capital point of view, you have to put additional funds into them as they age. We think this is a great cost effective way to get the aquatic strategy underway.”
On Monday the board will look at different designs.
A location will be decided by the fall and the board hopes to have it in place by spring 2017.