Letter: City must keep Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre open

Editor:

My wife and I recently moved to Westsyde from Batchelor Heights.

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One of the major perks we were looking forward to was the availability of the Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre.

This past summer and into the fall, the Fitness Center was closed largely because of pandemic-related restrictions.

When it reopened and I went to use the facility, I was astonished to learn it was going to close again in the new year.

There was an article in KTW that indicated a major reason for the coming pandemic-related temporary closure of the facility was due to lack of users.

How are people expected to use the facility if they are not aware it is open? There appeared to have been no real organized program advertising the re-opening to the community. The city appears to want the centre to fade away quietly.

The decision to close the facility has been made following recent spending of considerable funds to upgrade the roof.

This appears to be another instance of poor planning and administration by the city.

To my knowledge, there is no other fitness facility in Westsyde, which has always been a tight, highly active community with its own identity.

The pool and fitness center have been a significant contributor to that identity. It would be a poor decision to close such an identifying feature for residents of this part of the city.

The North Shore Y recently moved its fitness programs and equipment to its downtown location. This has effectively left the entire North Shore with only commercial fitness facilities.

We are expected to travel all the way to the Canada Games Aquatic Centre to complete a workout at an economical price. This is just not feasible for many of us in this part of our community.

Westsyde will be losing a part of its identity and its citizens are going to be losers again as another consolidation and shift of facilities is made to the South Shore.

Westsyde residents must realize what is at stake and make enough noise with city council so this decision will be reversed.

The city should get behind this complex and administrate it properly.

Terry Olson

Kamloops

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