The Vanderhoof aquatic facility is in its fundraising stage: a basic design has been decided but many elements and placement of the centre are still up in the air.
Current design specifications show that the pool has a river, a hot pool which could accommodate about 15 people, sprinklers, a water arch, a rope swing and a lap pool.
The preferred site to place the centre is on the east side of the arena, in what is right now just the back parking lot. The new parking lot would accommodate people parking at the pool and the arena and would be shaped quite differently than the current lot.
The expected cost to build the pool is estimated to be between $10- $12 million.
“We’re just getting into the fundraising end of it all,” said Steve Little, city councillor and representative on the pool committee. “That’s where we’re at right now and that should be continuing until we hit our target.”
Council is speaking to several people at the UBCM conference who have gone through similar problems with their aquatic facilities and can help Vanderhoof plan and fundraise for the new centre.