Keeping a well-used pool up to par takes a lot of cash.
After a successful application to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, Warfield now has a $62,500 in its coffers to help pay for Centennial Pool upgrades.
Without the money from the federal grant program, the much needed repairs wouldn’t have been possible, says Warfield Mayor Ted Pahl.
“Our first job will be to replace the boiler unit that heats the pool,” he explained. “It will be replaced with a new energy-efficient unit that not only will keep the pool at a constant temperature, but reduces our greenhouse gas emissions.”
Other improvements include construction of a permanent shade structure to replace fabric tents, which usually have a lifespan of two years.
“In addition, we will be resurfacing the deck and pool to remove any cracks and smooth the surface area,” Pahl added. “Lastly, we will be upgrading our existing signage to promote the pool.”
All the upgrades total $125,000.
Under the Canada 150 program, each municipality must commit to matching the federal dollars, so Warfield’s share is also $62,500, explained Jackie Patridge, village corporate officer.
The village received more good news during the grant application process, but this time from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).
“We received notice from CBT that if we sent an application to them, they would consider paying half of our half, ($31,250),” she said. “So we did.”
The plan is to implement repairs over two years, beginning next spring.
“We are beyond excited about this grant,” Patridge added. “Our outdoor pool is well used by the residents of Warfield as well as many residents in the surrounding area.”
The last major renovation was completed in 2003, with a donation from the Warfield Credit Union Legacy Project for a water slide and spray park.
“So, we are extremely grateful to the Western Economic Diversification Department (grant body) for selecting our application,” she said. “And we are grateful to Columbia Basin Trust for their contribution as well.”