It doesn't look like the Town of High River has an appetite to ask taxpayers to fork over $23 million for a new swimming pool.

Mayor Craig Snodgrass says they're looking at fixing the existing pool, and then adding another pool which is more family friendly, and would include a zero entry pool.

"This program would allow us to keep the lane pool. The quarter million (spending on fixing existing issues) gets it back up to snuff, gives us proper maintenance. We'll get another 20-30 years out of that thing no problem, and then attach a family friendly pool out to the west side."

Snodgrass says that new addition will be a hit with local families.

"The new pool will be an expansion of the existing pool. So,we're keeping the lane pool and out to the Westside would be the new family friendly pool. You know, you could put your lazy river and your water slides in there if you want, but most importantly is the zero entry pool for the young kids and stuff."

He says that option is much easier for the Town to afford and won't call for a massive tax hike to pay for it, as the Town is estimating that cost at around $12 million.

Snodgrass says they're planning public consultations over the plan in the New Year.


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