The City of Victoria is continues to discuss options for the location of the Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre. (File Photo)

Crystal Pool should serve city’s most vulnerable: North Park Neighbourhood Association

Victoria City Council looking at locations for pool at Thursday meeting

The Crystal Pool saga continues with City council again hearing from the North Park Neighbourhood Association (NPNA), which is keen on seeing the facility placed somewhere it is accessible to the city’s most vulnerable.

The NPNA will present at council’s June 13 Committee of the Whole meeting, following a new motion around applying “affordability and equity” in the Crystal Pool project.

A feature of the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan is “commitments to equity and affordability throughout the provision of city services, its operations and decision-making,” reads a report from councillors Marianne Alto and Sharmarke Dubow. “Application of equity and affordability policy analyses to the exploration of a future Crystal Pool facility provides an opportunity to test and evaluate such policies’ utility.”

A presentation from the NPNA last week asked council to consider placing the facility in the North Park or Hillside-Quadra areas.

“There are considerable and lasting implications of removing a significant public asset from northern neighbourhoods that already house disproportionately high community burdens and have disproportionately fewer community assets and benefits,” states the presentation. “Applying an equity lens would evaluate the existing location as vastly preferable to the Central Middle School for a significant investment in public recreation.”

Plans for constructing the pool and wellness facility in the southwest corner of Central Park – neighbouring the pool’s current location – are still on the table, as are the public parking lot across from Royal Athletic Park and the western portion of the field next to Central Middle School.

READ ALSO: Victoria Curling Club, arena parking lot considered for new Crystal Pool location

In 2017, council decided to explore options to replace the aging Crystal Pool facility, currently located in the 2000-block of Quadra Street.

Along with the creation of a schedule, budget and refined concept designs, the City has undertaken public consultation on the matter and in fall 2018 the public spoke back. A facility located at Central Park, the NPNA and Downtown Victoria Residents Association said, took away their green space.

They urged the City to consider parking lot spaces at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre and Royal Athletic Park.

In early 2019 the City worked with RG Facilities, operators of the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, to discuss the possibility of a new community recreation facility located in the parking lot next to the arena. However, the two groups “never came to a mutually acceptable arrangement.”

READ ALSO: Negotiations fail for Crystal Pool at Save-On-Food site

Motions to be considered Thursday night include directing staff to not build facilities in existing green space, “apply[ing] an equity lens” to investment decisions and inviting potential partners and neighbourhood representatives to collaborate on objectives, as well as embed inter-generational equity into corporate policy.

On Thursday evening, council will hear from NPNA and consider the equity motions. Updates on the project will be released following the June 13 meeting.



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Relative of man found dead in Saanich says he was missing for years

RCMP and a private detective had been searching for him since 2012

UPDATED: Oak Bay father takes stand, denies killing young daughters

Andrew Berry has plead not guilty to the December 2017 deaths of his two daughters

Man who killed Langford teen attended her memorial service, demonstrates little remorse

Parole Board of Canada documents reveal factors in parole decision

Oak Bay’s Food Forum closes after 37 years

Open on Christmas Day, the Estevan Village grocery had lovable quirks

Saanich Police warn of counterfeit money being used

Several fake $100 bills have been reported in Greater Victoria

VIDEO: Title of 25th Bond movie is ‘No Time to Die’

The film is set to be released in April 2020

POLL: Should there be a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers?

We’ve all heard them, and most likely cursed them under our breath.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Aug. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

New study suggests autism overdiagnosed: Canadian expert

Laurent Mottron: ‘Autistic people we test now are less and less different than typical people’

Trans Mountain gives contractors 30 days to get workers, supplies ready for pipeline

Crown corporation believes the expansion project could be in service by mid-2022

Rosemount cooked diced chicken linked to listeria case in B.C.

The symptoms of listeria include vomiting, nausea, fever, muscle aches

B.C. seniors allowed more choice to stay in assisted living

Province doesn’t need to wait for a complaint to investigate care, Adrian Dix says

Retired B.C. fisherman wins record $60M Lotto Max jackpot

Joseph Katalinic won the biggest Lotto Max prize ever awarded

Island manslaughter suspect found not guilty in Supreme Court

Court accepts accused’s argument of self-defence for 2017 incident in Courtenay

Most Read