Westsyde Pool Sauna & Steam Room Opening Ceremony

Saturday, September 30, 2011 saw us all gathered at the Westsyde Pool for the grand opening of the new Sauna and Steam Rooms. This partnered event with the City of Kamloops and the Westsyde Community Development Society saw the culmination of eight years of effort. There were balloons, face painting, vanilla and chocolate cake, with coffee and juice drinks for the kids. Tours were provided of the activity room, and the new facilities with about 75 participants taking advantage of the free swim in the pool.

The opening ceremony dignitaries include; Mayor Peter Milobar, his wife Lianne, Councillor Pat Wallace, Parks and Recreation Director Byron McCorkell, Aquatics Program Supervisor, Glen Cheetham and WCDS Executive member Steve Delaney. At 1:45 p.m. we gathered near the hot tub, which was opened at a similar ceremony in July 2008 and after some remarks by the Mayor Milobar and Steve Delaney the ribbon was cut to the cheers and clapping of us all.

The addition of the sauna and steam rooms together with the other improvements, over the years have made to the Westsyde Pool and Activity Centre a vital community facility. Usage at the centre has increase dramatically. It was not to long ago that the city’s long-range plan was to close the Westsyde Pool along with other similar venues in the city. The City of Kamloops staff and City Council have justified the local community initiative by investing considerable funding, time and staffing levels to improve programming, activities, events and multiple usage of this facility. The Westsyde Community Development Society, supported by the residents who live in Westsyde are happy to have been a part of this successful process



The 2016 upgrades

Planning for the Future - pdf info sheet from the City of Kamloops

Kinda of finished in September 2017 when the swimming pool reopened. Here's an excerpt from the City's news release

The structural repair project began in summer 2016, with an anticipated opening date of February 2017. A materials mix up in December resulted in construction delays while the City and the general contractor, D&T Developments Ltd., worked to find a solution.

“We’ve been working closely with the contractor to move this project forward,” says Matt Kachel, Capital Project Supervisor. “Their co operation has allowed us all to focus on the final goal, which is a high performing building envelope and structure that will be a lasting resource for the community.”

The restored facility will feature a new roof structure, updated equipment for the fitness room, and even some fun new surprises for the pool!

As of the writing of this, Feb. 10, 2018, the Grand Opening has not happened. Scheduling and staffing are still an issue and the promised new toys, a climbing wall and swing have not been installed.
The building has been fixed, the swimming pool's mechanicals have not. From this year's supplementary budget (2018)


Proposed Public Meeting:
Needed funds
– $50,000 in 2018 to fund a study of the Pool’s mechanical system
- Retro fit of mechanical system in 2019 estimated at $1.2M
- Add Solar Panels estimated to cost about $100,000.
- $125,000 needed in 2018 to fund staff wages for extended hours of operation.
- $35,000 request to maintain the building’s fitness centre

Things look bleak for the pool.


Pool Funding Required

WCDS -:|:- Westsyde.Info