Plug pulled on Matsqui Village pool

Matsqui Village Pool has seen its last swimmer.
After years of debate, the facility has been closed in favour of a new playground and washrooms.

  • Jan. 26, 2011 5:00 p.m.

Matsqui Village Pool has seen its last swimmer.

After years of debate, the facility has been closed in favour of a new playground and washrooms.

Opened in the 1960s in Matsqui Village Park, the small outdoor pool was closed last season, due to a leak that was saturating the

surrounding soil with chlorinated water.

An inspection revealed several leaks throughout the tank. An estimated $1 million would have been needed to bring the pool up to code and another $70,000 a year in operating costs.

Capital funding of $250,000 will be spent to

demolish the pool tank and building and set up the playground, designed for kids age two to 12. It will cost $5,000 annually for upkeep.

The pool’s fate has been up in the air for years. Staff had recommended closing it in 2002 but a backlash from Matsqui Village residents kept it running.

“I feel like we are destroying a piece of history here, and a way of life,” said Coun. Patricia Ross. However, she agreed with

council’s decision.

Residents will be consulted about what kind of playground equipment is to be installed.