LETTER: Right place, wrong plan for Ravensong remodel

As a member of the Ravensong Action Group (RAG) it’s time to move forward toward a new pool. Our current pool is seriously overcrowded, dangerous to swimmers and has been for years.

More than 100 people are in the pool at the same time for various classes. The women’s locker room is too small and causing injury to heads by open lockers. There are only three change rooms and a tiny shower area… you can imagine the lineup. The lifeguards don’t even have a shower. Family rooms/special needs with wheelchairs find it almost impossible to maneuver.

Lane swimmers are constantly getting bumped and kicked. I’ve seen a fight almost happen! Our group has a solution: Renovate the current pool by raising the deep end to accommodate all “shallow water”classes and expand change rooms. Add a river run, water slide and therapy pool. Then add a “new” 50-metre pool to accommodate divers, deep water classes, swim teams, synchro teams, masters club, triathlon trainers, water walkers, and kids that just want to have fun.

Make it a family destination! All this can happen in the footprint of a side parking lot, and can be done in separate stages so the pool wouldn’t be closed for a year.

Current options, by RDN, cost $10 million and fail to address the most serious issues. So we’re calling all pool users and others to write letters of support and talk to RDN officials.

Lynne Donaldson

Parksville

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