Park Board will hold a Special Meeting on the 2023 – 2026 Capital Plan on June 27th. The public is encouraged to register to speak in person or via telephone to the Draft Capital Plan. Letters are also encouraged, as soon as the agenda item is posted on the Vancouver Park Board Meeting Schedule. Letters must be received after the meeting is posted, and before 3pm on June 27th.
This 4-year Capital Plan could fund a replacement outdoor swimming pool in Mount Pleasant. Public engagement over several years has shown growing support for the pool, and our extreme weather and lack of outdoor swimming pools in Vancouver means that building this facility that will serve the community for 40 to 50 years is a good investment now.
In the preliminary public engagement period that ended May 22nd, 26 letters of support were received for Mount Pleasant Pool, and 26 letters were sent opposing the replacement pool. After several years of engagement with the community and the overwhelming support that is evident, MPCCA encourages interested community members to take a few minutes to put their support in writing. We will announce here when letters are being accepted and the email address details.
Please note that Mount Pleasant Pool is not currently funded in the Draft Capital Plan despite being a priority in the VanSplash Aquatic Strategy. Park Board is working to find a way to fund it among the vast number of parks, amenities, and community centres that require capital funding. Since Mount Pleasant Pool has been bumped off the books since it was originally in the 2006-2008 Draft Capital Plan, it is very overdue and the closure of Kitsilano Pool this summer and the heat dome last summer are clear indicators that it is time to move this project forward.
Please take some time now to make outdoor swimming in Mount Pleasant a reality.
- Read the discussion guide(External link) (PDF, 19 pages) to learn more about the draft 2023-26 Capital Plan(External link) (PDF, 74 pages)
- Register to speak at the June 27th Special Park Board Meeting online or in person. https://vancouver.ca/your-government/speak-at-a-meeting.aspx
- Please encourage others to take action as well. Delaying until a future 4-year Capital Plan is a bad option, when a basic swimming pool is desperately needed for our hotter, dryer summers and anticipated higher density.
- Stay tuned here for an announcement that the Agenda Item for the Special Meeting on the Capital Plan is live, so your letters will become a part of the official consultation.