Second pool only fix to overcrowding at Ravensong

I would like to echo the sentiments expressed in a recent letter about the proposed $10 million Ravensong expansion (Right place, wrong plan for Ravensong expansion, The NEWS, Jan. 30). The options recommended by the RDN do not offer solutions to the overcrowding and would result in the closure of Ravensong for a substantial period of time. This would be unacceptable to those who use the pool regularly for exercise and therapy.

We need a 50-metre pool adjacent to Ravensong that can be built without disruption to the present facility during the construction. An exercise facility should be included in the new building, too. This full-sized pool would accommodate those who presently travel to Nanaimo to swim and train. Spectator seating would allow the facility to hold swim meets and competitions. There would be a commercial benefit for the whole area.

There are over 90,000 visits to Ravensong each year and District 69 now has over 47,000 inhabitants and growing. It is time for the RDN to be bold and forward-looking. A pool is a “cradle to grave” facility benefitting all ages. An aquatic centre with both a new and the existing pool would be a great asset to the whole community.

Sue Lawrence

Qualicum Beach

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