North Shore community needs a bigger splash

If you’ve ever been turned away from your local pool because it’s being used for lessons, aquacise or training, then you can benefit from a 50m pool. Same goes if you have a kid who wants to participate in sports but doesn’t fancy soccer or hockey, or you have a business near the Harry Jerome Pool site on the North Shore.

“A lot of people think that a 50m pool is just for elite swimmers who want to swim laps,” says Mike Dowling, a member of the North Shore Aquatics Society (NSAS). “Actually, 25m pools can usually only accommodate one activity, so they are targeted towards laps, to the exclusion of activities like diving, aquacise, water polo, synchronized swimming or just public aquatic fun. A 50m pool can be divided into two or three, so many activities are possible at the same time.”

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50-metre pool in North Van’s Harry Jerome rec centre plans

City to lease land

The pool may be too long and the debt too deep for a few councillors, but plans for the new, $210-million Harry Jerome rec centre project inched forward Monday.

City of North Vancouver council voted 5-2 in favour of a design that includes a 50-metre pool, six sheets of curling, a new skate park, a fitness centre, the Silver Harbour Seniors’ Activity Centre, and rooftop tennis courts.

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Victoria’s Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project Gets $6 Million Boost from Federal Gas Tax Fund

The City of Victoria has received conditional approval of $6 million in Federal Gas Tax Funding to support the Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre Replacement Project.

This City of Victoria’s Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre is being replaced with a new all ages and abilities recreation and wellness facility. This critical public amenity will provide increased capacity for citizens of Victoria and the region to participate in healthy activities. In accordance with Victoria’s commitment to climate action, the new centre will also use energy efficient technology to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from City facilities by more than 33 per cent. This investment in public recreation will have long-term positive impacts on the health and wellness of the community.

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VIDEO: Chena Swim Club hosts LMR Distance Meet

North Vancouver’s Chena Swim Club hosted a LMR Distance Meet at the 25-metre Harry Jerome Recreation Centre pool on Jan. 27 and 28. Athletes, ranging in ages 12 and under, competed in 18 distance races (50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m) during the two-day event.

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Harry Jerome neighbourhoods lands envisioned

Deal with Darwin would fund new rec centre

City residents can get their first look at a massive 23rd Street development proposal that could help pay for the new Harry Jerome recreation centre at a Dec. 6 meeting.

If their proposal is approved by council, Darwin Properties would sign a 99-year lease on the land currently occupied by the Harry Jerome rec centre.

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LETTER: Including 50-metre pool is the right decision for Harry Jerome

Dear Editor:

I am the president of the North Shore Aquatics Society. For the past seven years we have been advocating for a 50-metre pool as part of the redevelopment of the Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre.

The city had concerns about the cost of building and operating the pool. They also wondered if there was public support for a 50-metre pool. In our presentation of our business plan to the city on May 15 we provided a financial plan for the capital costs and described an operating strategy that would make the pool affordable for the city and its residents. We also provided over 4,500 signatures that support the 50-metre pool.

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City of North Vancouver votes to proceed with a 50-metre pool at Harry Jerome

On June 26, the North Vancouver City Council voted to proceed with a 50-metre pool at Harry Jerome.

The North Shore Aquatics Society presented our Business Plan to the City of North Vancouver on May 16, 2017. The Business Plan outlined how the incremental capital costs of the 50-metre pool, above the 25 metre pool, could be covered. The Business Plan also noted that the difference between operating a 50-metre pool and the proposed 10-lane, 25-metre pool was very small – only $200,000 – and laid out several ways that the City would be able to cover the operating costs. Significant public support for the pool was demonstrated to the City through over 4,500 signatures on our petition and the tremendous turnout in Council chambers.

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Harry Jerome planning gets green light – North Shore News

Council reverses decision to halt process

You’ve got to spend money to figure out how much money you need to spend.

That was the conclusion City of North Vancouver council reached Monday as they reversed an earlier decision that might have delayed the new Harry Jerome rec centre by a year.

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North Vancouver swimmer charges into open water – North Shore News

Chena’s Raben Dommann scores three medals at Pan Am Championships

Winning swim races in a pool takes a lot of skill and strength, but the competition gets a little murkier when swimmers leave the lanes and venture out into open water to race elbow to elbow (and sometimes elbow to ribs, or foot to face).

North Vancouver’s Raben Dommann has learned all about the open water world while becoming one of the country’s top junior racers. The Chena Swim Club member recently returned home from the 2017 UANA Pan American Open Water Swimming Championships where he won one gold medal and two silver medals in the junior category and finished fourth in an open men’s race featuring some of the best open-water swimmers from North, Central and South America.

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Harry Jerome halts over cash qualms

Replacement of aging rec centre on hold pending residential tower density decision for 23rd St. site

Council agrees on the need to build a new Harry Jerome rec centre – but there’s still a split on both how they’ll go about replacing the dilapidated rec centre and exactly what they’ll replace it with.

A majority of council voted for a $160-million rec centre with a curling rink and a 50-metre pool. However, council needs to be sure there’s water in the pool before they take the plunge, according to Coun. Craig Keating.

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