VanSplash – Aquatics Strategy, a 25 year “vision” for aquatics in Vancouver.
Some people know about it, but many Vancouverites will be hearing about this or paying attention for the first time. Even if they heard of “VanSplash,” chances are that many people had no idea of its contents or its vast implications. The Vancouver Parks Board, is in the final stages of consultation on a long-term strategy for its pools and aquatics.
The last drop-in open house is set for Monday, October 2, 2017 from 4 to 7 pm at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre (Vancouver Aquatic Centre, 1050 Beach Ave) and an online survey is open until October 8.
Plans and strategies for pools actually have huge implications for many reasons. The health and fitness of citizens. Recreation. Quality of life and livability of neighbourhoods. Learning opportunities. Competitive sports. Traffic flows. The regional economy. Hundreds of millions of dollars of public money in capital and operating budgets. And much, much more. Everyone would be wise to have a good look now, review the materials, ask questions, and comment. Also, ask about the consultation process. The head of one major water sports association said that there was one meeting a year ago in which staff took notes of comments after an oral presentation, but other than that there was no correspondence or delving into details of the sports clubs’ needs. Just complete silence.
Will the proposals meet the real needs of our city and neighbourhoods? For example, staff are proposing to close the Vancouver Aquatic Centre in the West End and open a “spa” at a new location. The West End and downtown has a burgeoning population, especially many families with children.
Below is some information from the City, followed by links to recent media coverage.
From City website (accessed 1-Oct-2017):
VanSplash Aquatics Strategy
Last summer, more than 4,500 residents and 60 groups told the Vancouver Park Board about their priorities for Vancouver’s pools and beaches.
Your involvement and input helped shape the vision for VanSplash.
We are now in the final phase of our consultation and we want to hear from you!
Dive into the future of our pools and beaches
Did we get it right?
Tell us if the recommendations are right for you and Vancouver.
Click the links below to view higher resolution copies:
- Vision + principles and current status – pages 1-4 (19 MB)
- Indoor and outdoor pools – pages 5-12 (39 MB)
- Beaches and spray parks – pages 13-15 (18 MB)
- Frequently asked questions – page 16 (6 MB)
Tell us online
Complete our brief survey, available until Sunday, October 8.
Or tell us at the open houses
Ask questions, meet your neighbours, and win prizes! Refreshments will be available.
We’ll have Mandarin and Cantonese interpretation on September 27 and 30.
Have your say on future swimming pools in Vancouver
JESSICA KERR / VANCOUVER COURIER, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
Critical review by Vancouver Society for Promotion of Outdoor Pools (VSPOP). Download 6-page summary.
‘Here just to try to save Byng Pool’: Vancouver Park Board aquatic plan makes a splash
Plan would decommission older pools like Templeton and Lord Byng
By Michelle Ghoussoub, CBC News, Oct 01, 2017
Templeton Pool could shut down by 2023 under Vancouver Park Board aquatic plan
‘To even consider tearing it down is just blasphemy,’ says East Vancouver resident
By Alex Migdal, CBC News Posted: Sep 27, 2017
Vancouver park board will consider new competitive pool at Connaught Park and outdoor hot tubs, by Charlie Smith on June 19th, 2017