Pool should replace McArthur Island Youth Centre
In response to your request for suggestions for a replace for the McArthur Island Youth Centre (‘When youth yields to old age,’ Aug. 30), I believe an indoor pool should be considered.
Once the Brock and McDonald Park outdoor pools close, North Shore residents must go to Westsyde, to the downtown Y or to the Tournament Capital Centre in the university district to swim.
With the residential numbers, schools and senior facilities, the North Shore could more than support an indoor pool, swim club and programs specific to identified groups in the area.
We have arenas, soccer fields and baseball diamonds, but it is not every family that can afford these sports.
However, I do believe we (the North Kamloops/ Brocklehurst/Westmount/ Batchelor Heights area and, eventually, Tranquille) have a population (which includes a large group of youth at risk) that would greatly benefit by having a local indoor pool providing affordable recreation.
It would also be another drawing card to encourage new businesses, development and residents to the North Shore.
We should consider the impact of family and friends accompanying individuals who attend the many events on McArthur Island who would use the facility year-round if we had one.
Yes, I would support a pool at this location to add to our Tournament Capital facilities.