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Richmond could get new pool by 2014

A new indoor pool facility is scheduled to replace Minoru Aquatic Centre by 2014, according to a new finance department report.

The report, presented to city council Monday, reveals the city is planning to build a new aquatic centre beginning next year at an estimated cost of $51.5 million. If built under the current schedule, construction would last an estimated two years.

But city spokesperson Ted Townsend said 2012-2014 is the proposed period for accumulating funding for the project, and the actual construction timeline may vary. He also noted the project still requires council approval.

The five-pool facility is Richmond’s original indoor aquatic facility, covering 30,000 square feet in the southeast corner of Minoru Park. The building is at the end of its lifespan, according to a 2007 facilities strategic plan, which suggests a new 45,000-square-foot facility is needed and is best built in the same corner of the park.

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