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The subject of a hidden pool is being resurrected after limited space has been a growing problem at the North Peace Leisure Pool.

The North Peace Leisure Pool Commission sent a letter to the City asking it to look into the feasibility of reopening a previously decommissioned 25-metre, six-lane pool at the facility.

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The Commission is not sure if the pool can even hold water, says North Peace Leisure Pool Manager Karin Carlson. Carlson says the Commission wanted to see if the City could conduct a report to find out if the pool could once again be used.

Part of the idea stems from a Functional and Marketing Brief the Commission had done in 2009, which provided several recommendations, including looking into whether the pool could be reopened.

Several years ago, the – originally outdoor – pool was converted to an indoor one, until it was eventually decommissioned and a floor was built over it, says City Councillor Don Irwin, who also sits on the North Peace Leisure Pool Commission. The space is now used by the local gymnastics club.

Carlson says the current pool is often very busy and the extra space would be beneficial.

City Council has asked the City’s manager to determine whether city staff is able to investigate and provide a report on the pool. If staff is able to look into the pool, Irwin says they would then determine whether the pool could potentially be reopened.

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