Ravensong pool expansion

The pool as it is today is just not adequate and no amount of “fixing” will fix the problems.

While I appreciate that the Regional District of Nanaimo is considering an expansion of Ravensong pool (The NEWS, June 21), the 2009 plans are well out of date and some of the recommendations in the old report are just not relevant in 2016.

The pool as it is today is just not adequate and no amount of “fixing” will fix the problems. Every area of the pool is either outdated or inadequate. Not enough space in the pool itself leading to out-and-out tension between the swimmers; changerooms are crowded and hard to keep clean because of it; family changerooms are ridiculously small; staff area is not what they require (they need proper exclusive shower and washrooms areas); deck space is crowded; and finally, a proper exercise room would be wonderful.

Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek talks about a private facility across the street. Is he talking about the gym on Second Avenue?

What I have outlined really means that we need another facility altogether. The existing facility would then be adequate for a long time in tandem with a new one.

I live in Qualicum Beach, but a lot of pool users come from elsewhere. I suggest that the staff that is looking to bring back a report to the RDN board do a survey of where the pool users are coming from. I realize that the building of another facility would be expensive, but if we are looking to project 10 years it is the only way to go. Other areas have moved forward with a private-public partnership and it works. We will always have to subsidize our recreational facilities, that’s just a fact.

Another way to go would be to combine a new pool with a sports complex — the younger generation badly need a new track, etc. It is important that we (all generations) provide, going forward, for the opportunity to be a healthy society. At present these opportunities are so limited.

I seriously hope that the RDN considers the above facts in their plan for the next 10 years. New recreational facilities are badly needed as soon as possible.

Margaret AlbertQualicum Beach

Just Posted

Ballenas students launch fundraiser for U.S. travel to promote science experiment

Students’ experiment headed for International Space Station

Search is on for parties to build $10.7M Bowser sewage project

Further investigation of land disposal option rejected by RDN board

Parksville council won’t ban single-use plastic bags

Politicians vote 6-1 against proposed bylaw

RDN dealing with high interest in backyard cannabis production

New policy proposed to address challenges with Health Canada licences

Qualicum Beach doles out Community Awards

Jacobson is Citizen of the Year; new mayor Wiese named top newsmaker

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

Skier dies at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Cause of death for young man has not been released

R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

R&B star has been accused of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls for years

More sailings coming to 10 BC Ferries’ routes

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said the sailings were originally cut in 2014

Nanaimo Clippers say former CEO overcharged, took liquor sales money

Ownership group of B.C. Hockey League team files lawsuit in Supreme Court

Most Read