Minoru centre opening 'soon'

The public is still waiting to take a dip at the new Minoru aquatic centre and the city’s timeline for completion is “soon.” But with no date set yet, council is looking ahead at what to do with the old pool.

In May 2017, council decided the Minoru Aquatic Centre would be decommissioned and demolished when the new centre opens, but at a recent council meeting, staff was directed by council to look at costs to convert the pool at Minoru Aquatic Centre “for uses that do not require major changes.”

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The original estimated completion date for the Minoru Centre for Active Living was in the summer of 2017. Last March, the city said the project was on track to be completed by the end of summer – delays were attributed to labour shortage and poor winter weather.

The budget for the new centre is $80 million, and the contract was given to Stuart Olson.

The centre, at 110,000 square feet, will have an aquatic facility and a seniors centre.

According to city spokesperson Ted Townsend, the project will be ready “soon,” but they are not giving a more specific date.

The site remains fenced off and active construction can be seen on the east side grounds of the building.

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