Wascana Pool Celebrates Successful Debut Season Time Capsule Burial Commemorates the Event
Regina residents and visitors showed up in droves for the debut season of the new Wascana Pool, with the facility becoming a top destination for swimmers this summer.
The pool welcomed more than 100,000 visitors in its initial year, marking a significant increase from the 24,000 individuals who swam at the site in its final year. To further emphasize how impressive the turnout was this year, Wascana Pool hosted more visitors than the other four pools combined.
“Congratulations to the City of Regina for having a great inaugural year and attracting so many visitors to the new Wascana Pool in the heart of the Queen City. Our provincial government was proud to play a role in helping this project move forward by investing $12 million toward its completion,” said Saskatchewan’s Government Relations Minister Don McMorris.
“We are thrilled that so many residents and visitors came out to enjoy the new Wascana Pool this summer,” said Regina Mayor Sandra Masters. “As a City, we are committed to providing exceptional recreational spaces for our community. We look forward to another successful season next year!”
To celebrate Wascana Pool’s extraordinary first season, as well as to commemorate the spirit and memories of the old Wascana Pool, the City of Regina hosted a time capsule burial ceremony today. The time capsule was buried on site at Wascana Pool. It contains memories and artifacts from both the old Wascana Pool and the new Wascana Pool’s inaugural season.
Some of the items in the time capsule include photographs, a letter to future residents from both Mayor Sandra Masters and Minister Don McMorris and a lifeguard shirt. It also contains a heartfelt letter from the family of Darryl Abstreiter, the PCL site superintendent for Wascana Pool, who tragically passed away from cancer before the project was complete.
A plaque donated by Remco Memorials will mark the location of the time capsule.
The Wascana Pool renewal project cost $16.4 million. The Government of Saskatchewan provided $12 million in funding through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP). The City contributed $4.4 million.
Find Wascana Pool information at Regina.ca/wascanapool