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Delta throwback: Winskill gets a pool

Plenty were on hand for the big Tsawwassen ceremony on Jan. 17, 1976
winskill park pool construction 1976
Pictured from left to right on the digger: John Grimwood of Grimwood Construction, project architects Jim Carlberg and Peter Heiss, John Jantzen of Grimwood Construction, superintendent Al Warner of the City Properties Commission, Delta Alderman Don Porter and Alderman Ernie Burnett in the driver’s seat.

Let’s head back to January of 1976 when officials were plentiful for the sod turning for the new covered pool at Winskill Park.

Alderman Ernie Burnett ran the shovel to dog the first hole.

Fast forward to today as the city is looking at the future of the Winskill Fitness and Aquatic Centre.

Late last year, the city commenced a feasibility study to look at the options of replacing or upgrading the facility.

The relocation option includes the potential of increasing the pool length from 25 meters to 50 meters.

Additional parking has already been identified since existing park parking stalls are often at capacity.

Funds to construct any of the options are not currently included in the 2021 to 2025 Fiscal Plan and will require special funding consideration, a parks and recreation department report notes.

Three years ago, council approved the Winskill Park Master Plan, a vision for improvements that includes a phased implementation strategy tied to the redevelopment of KinVillage.

An early phase would be an addition that “would be primarily indoor fitness space, with a strong connection to the outdoor space.”

A later phase could be a replacement of Winskill Aquatic and Fitness Centre.

A previous report notes specific timelines were not identified other than how improvements “could best serve the community over the next 20 to 30 years, without specifics on when particular changes to the park could be enacted.”