"The University swimming pool requires significant investment of funds to address deferred maintenance issues, and because provincial funding cannot be used for recreational infrastructure, there are currently no funds available for this purpose," says Tom Warden, Director of Athletics. "These Information and Discussion Sessions are designed to inform the University community about the financial issues surrounding the continued operation of the swimming pool, and to dialogue on three possible options moving forward. Ultimately, our goal is to find the best possible solution for all concerned."
In 2006-2007, Lakehead University's Board of Governors authorized administration to examine issues regarding deferred maintenance and operational costs associated with the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse, and consider possible options to address those issues.
The first Information/Discussion Session will take place in the Agora on February 5, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. At this meeting, participants will be given an overview of the issues as well as details surrounding the three possible options:
Option A: Preserve the Pool and make essential repairs with funds raised through an increase in student athletics fees.
Option B: Close the Pool and reconfigure the building to provide graduate student, office, and laboratory space, as well as possible student services.
Option C: Close the Pool when health and safety issues dictate.
A second Information/Discussion Session will take place in the Agora on February 13, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. This second session will provide a brief update on the results of the first Information/Discussion Session, as well as other public forums that may be held.
All interested parties are welcome to take part in this public consultation.
Those who wish to learn more are encouraged to visit the Lakehead University Pool microsite at www.lakeheadu.ca/pool. This website will contain facts about the swimming pool, a schedule of public meetings, points of interest, and details about Options A, B, and C.
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