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New proposed pool for Magrath waiting on grant funding

Posted on August 15, 2016 by Westwind Weekly

By Stephanie Labbe

Magrath is looking to upgrade the current pool for the community.

Currently the town is waiting on grant funding to be approved so they can start renovations.

The current pool’s basin is expected to fail in the next five years, so officials want to upgrade the entire pool so it can be used for years to come.

The Town of Magrath has estimated the total cost for the new pool to run about $1.25 million.

Brenda Beck, town councillor, says the Town of Magrath has said they will pay $500,000 plus a $62,500 in-kind demolition contribution for the proposed Phase 1.

They have applied for a $500,000 grant under the Canada 150 program.

“We are hoping to hear by September of this year,” adds Beck about the grant funding.

Beck says the current building at the pool will remain, but that the entire pool will be demolished and a new one will be built in its place.

“We would like construction to start by November.”

She says if they receive confirmation on the grant funding, they hope to have construction started this fall. As well they’re waiting on an associated CFEP grant.

Included in Phase 1 of the new pool will be a new lap pool, pool finishes, pool decks and deck equipment, training pool and new mechanical systems.

It’s a waiting game for now, until the Town can find out if they will be approved for grant funding.

Once officials hear from that they will be able to better find out when construction will begin and how long it will take after they have the funding in place.

The current pool has five lanes and is 25 metres deep. There is a children’s pool and an open grassed area where people can soak up the sun.

The new pool is expected to be even better than the current one.

to fail in the next five years, so officials want to upgrade the entire pool so it can be used for years to come.

The Town of Magrath has estimated the total cost for the new pool to run about $1.25 million.

Brenda Beck, town councillor, says the Town of Magrath has said they will pay $500,000 plus a $62,500 in-kind demolition contribution for the proposed Phase 1.

They have applied for a $500,000 grant under the Canada 150 program.

“We are hoping to hear by September of this year,” adds Beck about the grant funding.

Beck says the current building at the pool will remain, but that the entire pool will be demolished and a new one will be built in its place.

“We would like construction to start by November.”

She says if they receive confirmation on the grant funding, they hope to have construction started this fall. As well they’re waiting on an associated CFEP grant.

Included in Phase 1 of the new pool will be a new lap pool, pool finishes, pool decks and deck equipment, training pool and new mechanical systems.

It’s a waiting game for now, until the Town can find out if they will be approved for grant funding.

Once officials hear from that they will be able to better find out when construction will begin and how long it will take after they have the funding in place.

The current pool has five lanes and is 25 metres deep. There is a children’s pool and an open grassed area where people can soak up the sun.

The new pool is expected to be even better than the current one.

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