The loss of pool at Centennial Park in Amherstburg, shown earlier this year, has led town officials to provide a temporary solution for local swimmers.
Dan Janisse / Windsor Star
A little old-fashioned ingenuity went into a plan devised by administration and town council in Amherstburg to offer residents a summer aquatics program despite no longer having a town pool.To make up for the loss of the Lions Pool in Centennial Park, council approved a plan that will give swimmers dipping time at LaSalle’s community pool on Front Road and also at the indoor pool at Movati Athletic Club in Amherstburg.“I think this is a real good compromise,” said Coun. Pete Courtney, who has worked with various groups that lost amenities at the park when 15 acres were sold to the public school board for a new high school. “I think it’s a great, great offering for our user groups.”Under the plan, the town will supply transportation to the LaSalle pool three times a week for adult aquafit and lap swimming. The town has worked out an agreement with Amherstburg Community Services to use its vehicle on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and the town will rent a bus for Thursday afternoons.The competitive Sharks’ swim team will practise three times a week between 5 and 7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in LaSalle with the Amherstburg picking up the cost of the $4,200 rental and lifeguard fees.Movati has agreed to offer swim lessons over the summer. The LaSalle pool also offers swim lessons. Rebates will be available for the difference in price between what Movati and LaSalle charge for 10-week lesson packages compared to Amherstburg’s 2019 user fees.The town will also offset the price rate differentials for a season’s pass for aquafit and lengths in LaSalle and the drop-in, non-member swim rate at Movati.Council set aside $20,000 in their 2019 budget for an aquatics program. They looked into resurrecting the Lions Pool for one more season but at $80,000 to repair and staff it, the price was too steep.“I think this is a fair compromise,” said Yvette Erickson, who had two daughters on the Sharks’ team last summer. “I don’t think it needs to be a permanent compromise. This gives us some time and hopefully we can have something in the works for another pool.”Erickson has talked to the parents of other swimmers who are willing to give the LaSalle plan a try.“The main thing is the kids get to swim and they still get to swim as the Sharks,” Erickson email@example.com/winstarcaton