The City of Vancouver currently has a total of 3 outdoor swimming pools. In recent years, outdoor pools were closed in Mount Pleasant, Hastings, Sunset and Marpole. How does Vancouver compare to other Canadian cities?
The City of Mississauga, Ontario has a total of 7 outdoor pools. Mississauga’s 2011 census population was 713,443 (in comparison, the 2011 census for Vancouver was 603,502). Winnipeg by comparison, has a total of 10 outdoor pools (2011 census 663,617). The webpage for the Vancouver Society for Promotion of Outdoor Pools compares facilities between a number of urban centres in Canada; Metro Montreal leads the count with 74 outdoor pools. An open question is whether additional pools will be built in the Vancouver. This may ultimately be decided by Council, as it is Council (and not the Park Board) that controls the City’s purse strings.
Additional funding for pools and for other park board facilities could come from the “emerging priorities” part of the 4-year Capital Plan ($95 million). Or Park Board facilities could be funded in part from Community Amenity Contributions (CACs). Both of these sources of revenue are under the City’s control. Is City Council willing to invest in Park Board facilities to benefit residents? Or will all CACs and the emerging priorities reserve in the Capital Plan be allocated so none of these funds go to Park Board? Stay tuned.