Those at the helm for the Town of Oxbow have their eyes on the horizon, and this was proven at their latest council meeting a few days ago.

Among the projects that have on the agenda is a brand new public swimming pool.

"Our current one is just about 50 years old, so it has served the community very well for a very long time," explained the Town's Chief Administrative Officer, Lisa Pierce.

"However, at this point it's starting to just break down. It's getting leaks, the boilers aren't working properly, just as the building ages. So the Rec Board committee has been fundraising for a good three or four years consistently, and they've managed to raise about $750,000 towards construction of the new pool. The town has arranged to make sure that there is land available."

"Now we're just looking at the costs, tendering and financing, and hopefully we'll break ground in 2018 for a brand new pool, open in 2019," she stated.

The existing facility and land will then be reclaimed, later to possibly used for residential development or another facility. They also hope to move the rink over to the new recreational facility as well, once it's useful life is expended. That, however, is rather up in air and up to the community at that point. 

"That's a good decade away, before we really have to focus on more of that recreational re-purposing. Hopefully we'll need the housing more, the market'll come back and the community continue to grow. We're just making sure we're ready for the future in the best way we can," Pierce said.

 

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