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NPA promises to build three new outdoor swimming pools in Vancouver

Those who enjoy splashing around in Vancouver’s oceanfront outdoor pools will love the Non-Partisan Association’s latest election campaign promise as long as they don’t mind the price tag.

NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe pledged Tuesday to build three new outdoor pools – each would cost between $4 million and $6 million, depending on where they’re built – if elected in the Nov. 15 election.

LaPointe said the city is “dramatically underserved” in terms of outdoor pool facilities in a news release outlining the party’s park board platform.

There are three waterfront pools at Kits Beach, Second Beach and New Brighton Park and two outdoor pools at Hillcrest Community Centre and Maple Grove Park.

The NPA did not say where it planned to build the three additional pools, but said it would consult with the community first. (You can bet people will have an opinion – the city even has a group dedicated to the cause called the Vancouver Society for the Promotion of Outdoor Pools.)

LaPointe also criticized Vision Vancouver’s election pledge to offer free swimming lessons, stating there isn’t enough capacity at existing pools to meet demand.

The NPA also pledged to fix the relationship between the park board and the city’s community centre associations, six of which are fighting the board in court over the joint operating agreement, and to ensure the park board remains strongly independent from council.

Vision park board commissioner Trevor Loke was quick to dismiss the NPA’s plan for lacking details and not stating where the money for the outdoor pools would come from.

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