Summary of the Mount Pleasant Community Centre Association’s support for funding a replacement pool in Mount Pleasant:
After extensive public consultation, the Vancouver Park Board approved a Master Plan for Mount Pleasant Community Park in 2009-2010, which included passive green space, sports courts, a skate park, a community garden, walking paths, picnic areas, a playground, and an outdoor swimming pool to replace the one that was demolished in 2009. Over 80% of participants of the public consultation ranked the outdoor pool as their highest priority.
From 2010 to present, the Mount Pleasant Community Centre Association has publicly advocated for Park Board to fund the replacement outdoor swimming pool, including:
- Participating in the VanPlay and VanSplash public consultations from 2016 to 2019. The Park Board voted to include Mount Pleasant Outdoor Pool in the VanSplash Aquatic Strategy in October 2019, following 3 years of public engagement.
- Participating in multiple opportunities to outreach to the public on replacing the pool, including Car Free Day Main Street, Celebrate Mount Pleasant Days at Guelph Park, Mural Festival, Autumn Shift Festival, Celebrate Mount Pleasant Park movie nights, Celebrating the return of the Dude Chilling sculpture in Guelph “Dude Chilling” Park in 2019, among others. Even despite the pandemic which made in-person contact difficult, the MPCCA hosted a table including the Pool Committee at the Just Off Main event in August 2021 and the St. George Rainway “Let it Rain!” event in April 2022. Many people approached our booths to express their support for the outdoor swimming pool. The heat dome and climate crisis intensified public demand and urgency for the swimming pool to be replaced as soon as possible.
- Submitting Pool Committee reports with updated information on the progress toward a replacement pool at each Annual General Meeting.
About Mount Pleasant Community Park
The Park was established at 16th and Ontario in the mid-1960’s on unceded Coast Salish Territory in order to build a community centre and outdoor pool. These were demolished in 2009 when the community centre moved to #1 Kingsway, with a Park Board commitment to replace the pool. There is no pool at the #1 Kingsway location. Mount Pleasant Pool operated from 1967 to 2009, a total of 42 years.
The Park is situated in a very pedestrian friendly community in the centre of the city, along major transit routes and one of Vancouver’s original bikeways, Ontario Street, also now known as the Ontario Greenway. The Broadway subway under construction will provide additional public transit that will encourage people to leave their cars at home. There is also a Mobi station adjacent to the park.
The Park is very popular with individuals, families, and groups. Like all swimming pools, the Pool was used extensively by people of all ages and abilities ranging from babies to seniors, enjoyed by summer day camps, boys and girls clubs, for swim lessons, and aquafit classes.
The Pool season typically ran from May until September, with the MPCCA sometimes subsidizing an earlier opening and later closing season. Park Board itself has endeavored to extend outdoor pool seasons in recent years due to the popularity of these facilities and the severe shortage of outdoor swimming pools in Vancouver. Vancouver has fewer outdoor swimming pools per capita than any major city in Canada.
The Mount Pleasant Community Centre Association is proud to work alongside the Vancouver Park Board in providing excellence in programs and services to the community, and to advocate for the best use of park spaces and recreation amenities in Mount Pleasant that benefit the city as a whole.
- Mustel Survey History of Pool and Park Redevelopment
- Mount Pleasant Park Redevelopment Motion
- VanSplash Motion following a three year city-wide public engagement process