Maple Leaf Pool concept plan developed with community in mind
Following extensive community consultation, the concept design for Maple Leaf Pool includes features that appeal to the whole family, regardless of age or ability.
“We heard from area residents that Maple Leaf Pool is a community hub and a gathering place for family and friends to spend the day together,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “We believe we have achieved a design that will best serve the community, from both an accessibility and a sociability perspective.”
The new ‘L’ shaped pool design— favoured by over 400 citizens who gave their feedback— supports all swimming levels and provides areas for socializing and playing games in the water while maintaining deck and green space around the pool.
Accessibility is a top priority in the development or renewal of City facilities. The plan features a beach-entry or zero-depth entry allowing patrons with mobility challenges and young children improved accessibility into the pool. As well, the new change room and washroom facility features an accessible lift and table.
The new facility will serve the community for many years to come. The overall cost of the project is estimated at $4.5 million. Updated costing and a financing plan will go before City Council as part of the 2020 Budget considerations.
“Thank you to neighbourhood residents for taking time to provide feedback into the design concept for the new Maple Leaf Pool and summer programming that is being provided for children and youth while the new pool is being constructed,” Mayor Fougere continued. “The Heritage Neighbourhood Community Association and Thomson Community School deserve special mention for assisting the City in providing opportunities for public engagement and consultation.”.
The project now moves to the next phase, which is finalizing the design and preparing the tender documents for construction. Project costs and timelines will be determined once the construction tender is awarded.
Residents can view the design concept at Conversations with the City today at City Hall or on the new, mobile friendly Regina.ca.