Summer is about to get much cooler in the North Okanagan.
Two outdoor recreation projects will see the light of day earlier thanks to government funding announced on Monday, April 11.
Enderby’s leaky pool will be replaced with a new Barnes Park facility featuring a five-lane pool, lazy river, hot tub and more. Vernon’s aging Peanut Pool will be replaced with a new Lakeview Park wading pool, level-entry wading pool and amenity building.
“It will be great for the community,” Enderby Mayor Greg McCune said after a reporter broke the good news of $5 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments.
Vernon’s new pool and playground has received over $2.5 million in funding.
While the two existing pools are overdue for overhauls, McCune said they struggle every year just to make the Enderby pool work.
“Our old pool has been in its last life for about 15 years,” McCune said of the Lions Club pool which was built in the 1950s. hopefully start building maybe this spring.”
Not only is pool water leaking, but every now and then ground water seeps into the pool.
Working with Splatsin First Nation, Enderby submitted a pool replacement grant two years ago and is patiently awaiting the results.
McCune had to check his calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1 when he heard the good news.
He is looking forward to seeing the equipment come to life for the community.
“It has some great features, like this floating recreation area, it’s wheelchair accessible, has changing rooms and everything, and a fitness area attached.”
The two local pools are among 57 recreational projects funded across British Columbia
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