DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Township of Scugog council has decided to look into the possibility of having an indoor community pool in the Township.
At a meeting on Monday, May 8th, Councillors approved a recommendation to approve a proposal from Sierra Planning to conduct a feasibility study, to determine the need for and the impact of a possible community indoor pool facility, with a cost of up $33,313. Since it was a General Purpose and Administration meeting, the decision still needs to be ratified at council’s meeting on Monday, May 29th.
According to a report from Craig Belfry, the township’s manager of recreation and culture, Stockworth Developments has proposed an indoor pool be part of their development project at 21 Oyler Dr. in Port Perry.
“Stockworth Developments is in the process of working with the Township to finalize its relevant site plan. As part of this, the analysis regarding a possible municipal standard aquatic centre is now required as the first building to be constructed in this development is proposed to contain the pool. The proposition is that the Township of Scugog and the developer collaborate to provide a pool and fitness complex, or more, with both parties realizing net benefits,” Mr. Belfry wrote in his report.
The report goes on to state “preliminary discussions have been around constructing a six lane, 25 metre pool, plus provisions for a fitness program space.”
Ward 4 Councillor Wilma Wotten questioned when council should expect to see a report back on the findings of the study.
“We would expect this process to take about two months,” Mr. Belfry responded.
Councillor Wotten then questioned what would happen if the study found that the township should not have an indoor pool.
“There are many things on the site plan that need to be furthered, the pool is one. But, while the determination of the pool is being considered, the site plan can still move forward with the other matters that need to be resolved, and what’s happening at this point is the site plan process is reserving a spot for the pool,” CAO Paul Allore said. “If the pool did not proceed, that floor space would be changed, most likely to condominium units or possibly commercial space.”
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