Updates on Maple Leaf Pool Rebuild & Interim Programming

In order to keep you informed and engaged, together with City of Regina staff, we will be providing regular updates on the progress of the Maple Leaf Pool rebuild and interim programming.

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photo by Alex Crease

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS: MAPLE LEAF POOL DESIGN

Join us for a come and go community barbeque to share design options for a renewed Maple Leaf Pool. The City of Regina is partnering with the Heritage Community Association to host this event for you to review and provide feedback on design options while enjoying some supper and kids activities. Details on summer programs for kids in the community will also be provided.

Where: Thomson School Gymnasium (2033 Toronto St.)
When: June 12, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

City representatives will be on hand to answer your questions and collect your feedback. We hope to see you there!

 

May 23, 2019

HCA met with the City today to get an update on plans for the demolition and re-build of the pool, and to plan a community consultation on the design of the new pool.

A tender process is currently underway to select a firm to take on the demolition, which should still happen this summer.

P3A Architecture is the local firm responsible for developing the designs for the pool’s re-build. HCA is working with them and the City to plan a community consultation event in mid-June. Consultation details are currently being finalized, and will be shared soon — stay tuned to this page, our e-newsletter and/or social media!

 

May 15, 2019

The Executive Committee of City Council approved the report outlined below, and sent it forward for discussion at City Council on May 27.

The only element of the report that’s not confirmed, and that Council will have to vote on, is the changes to the transit route.

 

May 9, 2019

Next Wednesday, City of Regina staff will be presenting a report to City Council on their engagement to date on summer programming during the Maple Leaf Pool rebuild. The full report is available here.

Highlighted recommendations include:

  • That admission to Wascana Pool will be free for ALL this summer, between 12-8pm
  • That a free PlayEscapes program be held at Thomson School for ages 5-12, including free lunch and supervised visits to Wascana Pool 2-3 times per week
  • That the City provide a free drop-in program in the neighbourhood for youth in grades 8-12 on weekday afternoons and evenings, including supervised visits to Wascana Pool
  • That the #15 Heritage bus route be amended slightly to include a stop near Wascana Pool
  • That a special bus pass be made available to Heritage residents to give free access to the #15 or #8 to get to Wascana Pool

We’ve been working closely with the City on these consultations and plans, and will be speaking in support of this report on Wednesday. If anyone has any feedback or questions, before then (or anytime) we’d love to hear from you! Email director [at] heritagecommunityassociation.com, or call 306-757-9952.

 

Jan. 30, 2019

The proposed plans and timelines (see below) were approved by Council with no major discussion.

 

Jan. 23, 2019

On Jan. 17, the Community & Protective Services Committee of City Council met. Their agenda included the timeline and plan for the re-development of Maple Leaf Pool and Wascana Pool.

HCA also met with 3 staff from the City’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services department this week to discuss the same timeline.

Here’s the outline proposed by City Admin:

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To summarize: Demolition of Maple Leaf Pool would begin this spring/summer, along with consultation with the community about the design of the new pool.  The design would be finalized by September 2019. Construction of the new pool would begin in early 2020, with the goal of it being completed partway through the 2020 swimming season.

In the meantime, the City will be consulting on programming options (including for whom, and where) over the next 2 months. They are currently finalizing a timeline for this consultation process; we should be able to share more details soon.

The Community & Protective Services Committee approved the above plan, meaning it will go to City Council for discussion at their Jan. 28 meeting.

We have raised concerns with City staff about both Wascana and Maple Leaf pools being closed for the first part of the swimming season in 2020. They stressed that these timelines are preliminary, and that they can’t be finalized until they discuss with the contractor, but that they will do their best to minimize the amount of time when both pools are closed, and look at offering Heritage residents transportation and admission to a different City pool during that time. HCA will be keeping a close eye on this aspect of the timeline as more detailed plans develop.

The above plan goes to City Council on Monday, Jan. 28, at which point anyone who wants to speak to it can do so. The meeting starts at 5:30pm; if you want to speak to Council, you must submit a summary of your presentation by this Thursday (Jan. 24) at 1pm.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on all this! As always, call 306-757-9952 or email director [at] heritagecommunityassociation.com with any and all feedback.

 

Jan. 11, 2019

Since Council’s decision to re-build the pool on Dec. 11, HCA has had 2 meetings with City staff — one on Dec. 19, and one today, Jan. 11. The main focus of these two conversations was how to best meet the needs of our community in the interim, while the pool is being demolished and rebuilt.

There are two threads to this conversation:
1. Programming — what types of programs, for what ages of participants, and where?
2. Transit and admission to Wascana Pool — how to make it as easy as possible for community members to access Wascana Pool for free?

Both HCA and the City are committed to consulting the community in order to answer these questions. City staff are currently developing a timeline and plan for these consultations, which should happen in February/March.

HCA has suggested: open houses at the schools that serve the neighbourhood, an open house at the Seniors’ Centre, and an online survey. If you have other ideas, please let us know!

The City is in conversation with the Board of Education about the possibility of accessing Thomson and/or Balfour Schools in the summer months, as potential home bases for programs.

We will be having a separate meeting specifically about the pool later this month, at which we hope to receive more detailed information about the timeline, budget, and consultation process for the facility’s re-design and re-construction.

Stay tuned to this web page, our e-newsletter and/or our facebook page for future updates! And if you have any feedback or questions, don’t hesitate to call 306-757-9952 or email director [at] heritagecommunityassociation.com.