City looking to replace Lanspeary Lions outdoor pool | newswindsoriteDOTca

Windsor City Council will be asked to consider spending $3 million to replace the aging Lanspeary Lions outdoor pool.

The pool built in 1950 was closed for the 2022 swimming season after several problems.

A city report indicates that in 1993, a liner was installed over the existing concrete pool structure to prevent the pool from leaking. The current membrane is well past its life cycle. In 2015, $12,000 was spent to repair the siding.

The city says the work done in 2015 is no longer effective, has returned to a pre-repair state, and other tears are present, further compromising the integrity of the pavement.

The report states that replacement of the pool liner is not possible due to deterioration of the underlying structure of the pool. Known structural work required includes taping and pouring new return inlets and removing the gutter interface. This would require the removal of the top of the entire pool wall to facilitate the installation of a new functional gutter system.

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The city council is invited to consider a redeveloped facility. The conceptual pool redesign features a 5,200 square foot L-shaped pool (the current pool is 5,000 square feet) that is accessible and flips the current deep end of the pool to the farthest point from the locker rooms. One section of the L-shaped pool is a zero-depth entry/ramp passing 1.05 meters deep, and the other section offers four lanes and ranges from 1.05 meters to 2.75 meters, including a diving board. It will also include a water slide with an exit channel.

The total cost of rebuilding the pool is estimated at $3 million.

A second phase would be the replacement of the building that houses the locker rooms and would include a barrier-free washroom, family locker rooms, staff area, chemical storage and house the mechanical pool equipment. It would cost an additional $3 million.

A waterslide would be the third and final phase at around $1 million.

City Council will not be asked to approve Phase 1 until 11 Joly. If approved, public consultation will follow on the new design.

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Richard F. Gandhi