St. Catharines Ward 1 councillor’s aquatic wish-list passed at council meeting

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Published November 30, 2021 at 2:01 pm

St. Catharines Ward 1 Councillor Greg Miller finally got his splash pads and his swimming pools, too.

At last night’s (November 29) council meeting, there was a vote on what the Merrittson ward councillor had presented back in October 2020 while the city was dealing with their Master Recreation Plan.

Last night, it was passed unanimously.

It was ambitious, posted the councillor. “What’s in the plan?” he noted, “A splash pad, washroom and sun shelter in Merritton in 2022, (redevelopment of) the Lion Dunc Schooley pool in Merritton in 2024 (by keeping it open), a splash pad, washroom and sun shelter in Port Dalhousie in 2025.”

On top of all that, he asked that “In the future, (we need to) build a new indoor aquatics facility, renew the Lincoln Pool and redevelop the Port Dalhousie pool.”

“As I said in August (when Council passed my motion to develop an aquatic implementation plan), it is important to recognize that we need splashpads and pools, not one or the other,” he posted.

“Hopefully tonight, we continue to move that strategy forward as this pandemic has highlighted the need for accessible outdoor activities and the climate crisis is constantly highlighting the need for more opportunities to cool off.”

“Pools provide critical opportunities to learn to swim and get exercise. This new aquatic plan will help us achieve those goals and bring a needed, new amenity to Merritton. I’m excited to see it come to life!”

(Greg Miller photo, below, from Facebook)

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