Pool a Priority for Aldergrove

By Al Irwin - Langley Times and Natasha Jones - Langley Times - May 18, 2008

When Township council met last month to review the 126 recommendations of the Aldergrove Task Force, improvements to and the expansion of South Aldergrove Park were popular choices.

Staff are now studying the priorities favoured by the nine council members, and will devise a strategy for funding and implementing them. A report will then be presented to council in the summer.

The park is adjacent to Aldergrove Community Secondary and the Kinsmen Community Centre, and last autumn council authorized parks and recreation director David Leavers to spend $100,000 for consultants to come up with preliminary details of an aquatic centre to be built at the park.

Council approved the $100,000 in the current year's budget, but the "preferred concept" would require inclusion of a great deal more in the 2009 budget.

Leavers said that the concept includes a modest indoor pool, an outdoor pool and a fitness facility.

Developed in phases, the project comes with a hefty price tag: $5.5 million for an indoor pool, $4.5 million for a five-lane 25-metre outdoor lap pool, and $2 million for a fitness centre.

A majority of residents who attended an open house last year want an indoor pool built before anything else. An outdoor pool would eventually replace the small pool in Aldergrove Park, next to Parkside Elementary School.

While there was little public support for a new ice arena at this site, municipal staff told council that it would be wise to protect land on the site for an arena to replace the Aldergrove Arena on 272 Street...