The Vancouver Park Board accepted a report to Expedite Outdoor Pools at the final meeting before the summer break on July 25, 2016. There is an ongoing public consultation process on the VanSplash Aquatics Strategy. An online survey will be open until September 15, 2016.
The City of Vancouver has a shortage of outdoor pools. There are only 3 outdoor pools to serve a population of over 605,000 residents (by comparison, Winnipeg has 10 outdoor pools while Mississauga has 7 outdoor pools). One of the options being investigated by Park Board is the construction of temporary ‘pop-up’ pools. A number of examples of pop-up pools are illustrated in the staff report. On May 30, 2016, Park Board Commissioners voted in favour of a motion to Expedite Outdoor Pools (6-1 vote with only Vision Vancouver Commissioner Catherine Evans opposed).
Part of the consultation process is to identify locations for a pop-up pool. The material on the Park Board webpage notes: “The pop-up pool would go in an area without easy access to a neighborhood outdoor pool or beach, and have room for up to 200 people.” The first pop-up pool could be in operation for the summer of 2017.