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February 7, 2018 (Council/Committee)


AD-HOC WELLNESS AND POOL RECREATIONAL COMMITTEE POOLCOMPLEXINPS@GMAIL.COM WWW.PSCOMPLEX.COM So, here we are today, in 2018, continuing the quest for wellness/pool complex in the Parry Sound area. With the upcoming election, our small committee thought it was an opportunity to bring this issue forward, in a positive, constructive manner. By asking each council to consider adding a question to the upcoming ballot, we had two objectives in mind. First, it would hopefully commit the Council to send a representative to a committee, and second, it would provide additional context and information to Council members about the support, or lack of support, from their constituents. We know, anecdotally, and from the 2010 study, there is a strong interest in having a wellness/pool complex. A question on the ballot would provide the Council with additional information. We have been asked, what if the public rejects the concept and says “no” on a ballot question. We would embrace the information, as it would give a better sense of public opinion in that municipality. Either way, a question on a ballot would provide a council with more information to guide future decisions. That said, our main objective at this point is simply to have a municipal representative from all seven councils, appointed to a Recreational Complex Advisory committee. As you likely know, since receipt of our letter, McDougall council is taking immediate action by a resolution, to appoint an elected representative to a committee. While here, I would like to address a few frequently asked questions that we receive and there are additional questions listed on our FAQ section of our website ( and attached to this deputation. Is there space for a pool at the K12 School? No, there is no designated space at the new K-12 NNDSB school for a pool, nor is there any available funding from the School Board. There is land adjacent to the school, which would need to be purchased. Our committee received copies of letters sent on Jan 15 th , from the Near North District School Board to all municipalities, to participate in a discussion. We, again, re-confirmed on Jan 23 rd , 2018, and I quote, “The school’s position has not changed, in that, the pool will not be on the school site. However, if there was interest and if a decision was made to locate a pool nearby, then some design features such accessibility to and from the school’s area would make sense” We have Georgian Bay, why do we need a wellness and pool complex? While Georgian Bay is a special place on earth, it really is only accessible for a short amount of time in the year, and to a limited user group. Wasn't there a pool fund before? Yes, in 2010 some of that funding was used to support the feasibility study completed at the time. There is a small amount of funding remaining (~$45,000), held in an account with the Town of Parry Sound. 3 | P a g e

AD-HOC WELLNESS AND POOL RECREATIONAL COMMITTEE POOLCOMPLEXINPS@GMAIL.COM WWW.PSCOMPLEX.COM Who says we need a wellness and pool complex? In 2010, a telephone survey was conducted that included all 7 municipalities. Of the 272 respondents, 83% felt they would most like to have a swimming pool. This rose to 91% for households with children. 96% of the respondents who would use an indoor pool feel a new facility is required to meet the recreational needs of the West Parry Sound area. A Swimming pool is the number 1 desired activity, 72.4% as the top choice. 81% expressed an interest in using a new pool and of those, 91% would use an indoor pool on a daily or weekly basis Additionally, the strong majority of respondents - 85% - feel that the municipalities should financially support a new indoor pool facility. 75% of the respondents would be willing to pay for new or improved facilities/services through user fees. Please visit our FAQs at While the purpose of this deputation is not to convince Council to build a complex today, we would be remiss if we did not highlight some of the benefits. A Recreational Wellness Pool Complex has the potential to be the “Social heart” of a community, enhancing the quality of life for the area and serve as an attraction for continued community expansion and economic development. A complex brings a long list of benefits including, but not limited to, personal health, rehabilitation and well-being, engagement with primary/secondary schools, fitness, engaging our youth, recruitment/retention to the area, leadership, economic generator, and the list goes on. Once again, at this point in time, we are simply asking for all seven municipalities to appoint an elected official to a Recreational Complex Advisory Committee to investigate and determine the feasibility of a recreational wellness and pool complex. The voice of your municipality, at the table, would be helpful. Thank You Peter, Sue, Becky, Paul, Donald, Jamie 4 | P a g e