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Tuesday December 1st, 2015

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As part of the 2016 budget, the city’s recreation department is bringing forward a recommendation for the conversion of Atkinson Pool in west Windsor to a splash pad. 

The recommendation is based on participation rates and financial performance, according to budget documents.

“Although the community association (Friends for Atkinson) would not be in favour of simply closing the pool, they have indicated support for conversion to a splash pad in this park for the community,” reads a line in the report from city administration.

They say individuals that utilized swimming lessons at Atkinson Pool could continue their lessons at the Mic Mac outdoor pool, the Aquatic Complex or the Adie Knox Herman indoor pools which are in very close proximity to Atkinson outdoor pool.

With the conversion, the city says there would be an would be an annual savings to recreation of $42,499 and an annual increase in operating cost to Parks and Facilities of $12,500 to start and close the facility as well as maintain the washroom facilities.

The preliminary estimate for conversion of Atkinson pool to a splash pad would be a capital cost of approximately $500,000. The $500,000 would include demolishing the pool, creating the splash pad and alterations to the washrooms to meet AODA requirements.

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