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Town of Fort Macleod moves ahead with pool project

Fort Macleod council decided to dive into a revised outdoor pool project.
Council approved a revised project estimated to cost $1.9-million to $2.2-million, a savings of $250,000 to $329,000.
“We’ve reduced the scope of work a little bit,” director of operations Adrian Pedro said.
The chemical room was removed from the project at a savings of about $240,000.
“That was done on the basis of potentially getting that donated,” Pedro told council. “There was a suggestion that may be a possibility.”
“That was the biggest thing that brought the price down.”
Pedro explained the revised project retains the 7,250 sq. ft. single tank for the lap pool and leisure area, but the concrete deck on the south side is reduced in size.
The project includes six 25-meter lanes, a one-meter diving board, a lazy river, water features, and 10-foot climbing wall.
The estimate includes the cost of demolishing the existing tank, landscaping and sod, chian link fencing and lighting.
Council will fund the project from its reserves.
Town of Fort Macleod chief administrative officer Sue Keenan is hopeful pool users will be understanding of the inconvenience of the pool being closed, in return for a refurbished facility opening in 2021.
An initiative with a fund-raising goal of half a million dollars is ready to go in support of the pool project.
“I think it will be very successful depending on the timing,” Keenan said. “People are very interested in a good news story.”

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