Waterfront Public Pool Highlights Capital Works Plan for the Year
An outdoor public waterfront pool will be the main feature added to the city’s arsenal of recreational facilities this year as the 2022 capital plan takes shape.
The city plans to build a public outdoor pool for a “new dimension of recreational activity on the pier” when the Hall Street Pier project launches this summer.
Named a key project by the city’s chief financial officer, Colin McClure, the city is undertaking the cornerstone of the “Stores to Shores” vision culminating in the redesign of the pier, public swimming pool and Ladybug installation along the seafront.
The city has already been approved for $1.5 million in grants to fund construction of the new waterfront pier and Ladybug display, McClure explained.
“With significant inflationary costs for steel, wood and labor, a redesign was needed to help with cost escalation,” he said recently during his budget presentation. annual tax, including capital plan. “The approved design will add what is believed to be a very popular option of a bathing area.”
Even with the new design, the rising cost of materials will require the city to add $1.1 million over two years to complete the new design — money the city can raise without borrowing, McClure noted.
The pier master plan maintains the following key features: an event space; water access and connection; a canopy structure serving as a landmark and shelter; and one Ladybug display. McClure said the public outdoor pool area could, at a later date, be “filled in” with the remaining length of the pier.
The project could move quickly to construction, he explained, with details of the public outdoor swimming pool being ironed out as the existing jetty is demolished. The bridge canopy – which requires overhaul – is heading for completion in 2023.
The pier project is just one of the capital projects the city has planned for 2022, McClure said, with more than $23 million worth of projects on the slate.
The current year’s list includes replacing “Welcome to Nelson” signs based on the results of the design competition, improving wayfinding signage and constructing restrooms and a shade structure as well as other improvements to Cottonwood Park.
“These new projects are in addition to the ongoing $1.2 million annual paving and sidewalk improvements that Council has committed to fund to improve our city’s vehicle and active transportation system.” , McClure said.
Also scheduled for completion this year is the pumping station near Anderson Creek which will deliver water through the pipeline installed in 2021 to the Mountain Station Reservoir.
“This will complete the $6 million grant-funded secondary source project that began in 2020 with the installation of water pipes along the rail trail connecting Selous Creek and the reservoir,” McClure said.
Some of the biggest capital projects — like the multi-year, $10 million Civic Center renovation and revitalization project — are included in the budget but dependent on grants.
“As (at the time) of this report, no announcement has been made by the province as to whether the grant applications have been approved, but staff are hoping and looking forward to it,” McClure said.